One common denominator of Christian living is actually based on the life and words of Our Lord Jesus Christ who often repeated the axiom “the man who humbles himself shall be exalted but the man who exalts himself shall be humbled” (Lk. 14:11; 18:14). Maybe it’s being willing to humbly work hard, be patient, absorb insults, and be peaceful towards others. It’s tantamount to the other gospel expression: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land” (Mt. 5:4).
How about those who are so impatient and bitterly resentful? After all the volcanic emotions inside their feelings, they may turn to violence. And that’s the end of progress because of massive destruction everywhere and loss of freedom. God’s word tells us: “Let not your anger reach sundown so as to leave no room for the devil” (Eph. 4:6). Christ is exalted but He humbled Himself first upon the Cross. The world today acclaims Him: “You alone are holy, you alone are most high, you alone are Lord, Jesus Christ” (see Phil. 2:6-11).