Humility is essential to intimacy with God. Without humility we cannot come to God because without humility we cannot transcend ourselves. Without humility we cannot see ourselves, and if we cannot see ourselves we cannot deny ourselves and fully love God and others.
It has said that there is no humility without humiliation. Most of us have already had a good dose of humiliation. Our life circumstances have provided it. By accepting humiliation we grow in humility. We can do this because we believe God. We believe God loves us, and that over the long run he is working all things for good. We believe that originally—in our depths, in our essence—we were created good; we were created in God’s image.
So we can abandon our surface self-created images of ourselves, our sin; we can abandon our embarrassment, shame, discouragement, and find courage and strength in God to live freely and strongly. We can do this because we have confidence in God, not in ourselves, because our lives are centered in God, not in ourselves. This kind of humility opens us to being continually aware of God's presence and to freely loving others with the love that God has given us.