13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God.
One characteristic of a proud person is that they retaliate when they are attacked. In contrast, a humble person can neutralize contention by absorbing it and not perpetuating it. That’s not to say that humble people are incapable of defending themselves and others when necessary. But they are also capable of something more courageous: setting aside their ego and responding to unkindness with compassion.
The Savior set the perfect example of this attribute. He was certainly capable of calling people boldly to repentance. But He loved His enemies and blessed those that cursed Him (see Matthew 5:44). Consider, for example His prayer for the men who nailed Him to the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Today, I will humble myself. When I feel that I am under attack or that I am being treated unfairly, I will swallow my pride and intentionally treat my adversary with kindness. I will not return railing for railing, but will receive railing and not revile again.