Humility is the soil from which love grows. Humility is not an end to itself and therefore humility cannot finally be alone. When humility is pursued as an end, it can become pride. Humility is a servant, not a lord. It serves as the ground and nourishment of love. Humility is the soil, love is the flower. No one cultivates a rich soil as the goal. The soil serves to promote the quality and beauty of the flower, not itself. While most who appreciate the splendor of a flower garden know that the soil is indispensable, nobody puts soil on display.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” -Phil 2:3-8