The results of discipline and might without humility are obvious. The greatest catastrophes have occurred as a result of people sitting in arrogant judgment of others. Am I arrogant in the name of justice (what I consider just)? Do I ever think that I sit on a higher pedestal and bestow judgment on my subjects below? What about my children? Students?
Philippians 2:2-4 are the words of Rabbi Saul/Paul that relate to the idea of disciplined humility.
2 then complete my joy by having a common purpose and a common love, by being one in heart and mind.
3 Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves –4
look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own.
As a Congregational community, do we do what we do for the good of other members or are we looking out only for ourselves? In a way, I think Paul is saying that a person practicing humility should not boast about this. No one should brag about doing or being spiritual, other than to God, our Judge, who knows our hearts. Otherwise, we can start to think of ourselves as better than others. In a family, this creates conflict.
As Yeshua said, Luke 6:37 “Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.