A man may be humbled and not humble. A sinner may be humbled by affliction. His condition is low but not his disposition. A godly man is not only humbled but humble. His heart is as low as his condition. (pg. 77)
This bears heeding. Many a time our circumstances have resulted in our being humbled, but if we regain pride once our condition improves then we know that we are not humble, but were only humbled for a time by our situation. It may be, even during the time of humiliation, that our pride was as great as at any time.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10 ESV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (1 Peter 5:6)
Are we truly humble, or only humbled?