Today everyone speaks of their 'rights'. "Its my right to do this or say that or receive this or demand that." Someone once said to me that when we give our lives to Jesus, we give up our 'rights'. So, if we have the attitude that we don't have 'rights', we won't think more highly of ourselves than we sometimes do. The whole world today is geared more and more to 'the rights of the individual'. Its not a biblical world view at all.
So what does the bible say?
Gal 6 v 3: For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Rom 12 v 3(a): As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves.
Prov 15 v 33: Fear of the Lord teaches a person to be wise; humility precedes honour.
At this point I'd like to suggest that the opposite is also true - if we honour ourselves we will be humbled!
Just brag about how good you are at something and see what happens!
James 4 v 10: When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honour.
Humility is an expression of our dependence on God, for His guidance; and an acknowledgement of Him as our creator and Saviour. To be independent (self-reliant) shows we think more highly of ourselves than we should and this will ultimately lead to some form of humbling. Demanding our 'rights' tells others we think our circumstances or our time, or whatever, is more important than theirs. And honestly, we don't like it in others, but still do the same things ourselves. I tend to express my 'rights' in the traffic a lot. Sometimes when I eventually get to the front of a queue I express my 'rights' to get better service etc, but in reality I'm coming across as insensitive and self important. I don't like it when I see someone else behaving like that!
I leave you with this verse,
1 Sam 66 v 2: I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word.
I may have gotten the attention I demanded in the queue but I received no blessing for it! Thats for sure! I am realizing more and more, I'd rather have God's blessing any day over my 'rights'.
My encouragement to you is to consider yourself as not having 'rights' in this world and you will find that you won't be in a place where you might be humiliated, rather you are more likely to be blessed and raised up as God blesses you in your humility.