Alaah ta’ala cautions the believers against going back from His Deen. So what if they do that? Then He is able to bring another nation besides them.
He is strongly displeased with those who turn back from worshipping Him. So what has He mentioned about the characteristic of the people who are brought as a replacement of those who turn away?
“Yuhibbuhum wa yuhibboonahu” ( whom He will love, as they will love Him)
So those who love Allaah and are loved by Him are therefore stamped by the more distinctive feature of HUMILITY.
Allaah has mentioned two attributes for whoever He loves: the characteristic which links with Him and the characteristic which links him (the person) to the believers. As for what links with Allaah subhaanahu wata‘ala, then it is their love for Him, and that which links to the believers, then it is their love for them and humility towards them, and this determines the open mightiness over the disbelievers.
So what more than this benefit of humility do you want O slave of Allaah?
We may ask, what is the connection among charity, pardon and humility so that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was favourably inclined towards them over others? (The answer is that) in charity there is blessings (baraka) and in forgiving it increases his power over the others and in humilty he is raised in rank by Allaah.
Strenghtening the Character
Fawaa’id : Points of Benefit
It was asked: How is that? So he replied: “The one who committed the sin, constantly thinks about it; which causes him to fear it, regret it, weep over it and feel ashamed in front of his Lord - the Most High - due to it. He stands before Allaah, broken-hearted and with his head lowered in humility. So this sin is more beneficial to him than doing many acts of obedience, since it caused him to have humility and humbleness - which leads to the servant’s happiness and success - to the extent that this sin becomes the cause for him entering Paradise.
As for the doer of good, then he does not consider this good a favour from his Lord Upon him. Rather, he becomes arrogant and amazed with himself, saying: I have achieved such and such, and such and such . So this further increases him in self adulation, pride and arrogance - such that this becomes the cause for his destruction.”
Firstly: confusing good with evil, so it neither recognises the good, nor rejects the evil. This disease may take hold of it to such an extent that it believes good to be evil; and evil to be good, Sunnah to be bid’ah (innovation); and innovations to be the Sunnah. and the truth to be falsehood: and falsehood the truth.
Secondly: judging by its whims and desires, over and against what Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam came with being enslaved by its whims and desires and being led by them also.
[The second type]: a white heart in which the light of eemaan is bright and its radiance is illuminating. So when trials are presented to such a heart, it rejects and turns away from them. This further increases its light and illumination and its strength.”
The saying of the heart: It is i’tiqaad (belief) in what Allaah - the Most Perfect - informed about His Self; concerning His Names, His Attributes, His Actions, His Angels, and all that He sent upon the tongue of His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
The saying of the tongue: It is to inform and convey (what Allaah has revealed), to call to it, defend it, to explain the false innovations which oppose it, to establish its remembrance and to convey what it orders.
The action of the heart: Such as love for Him, reliance upon Him, repenting to Him, having fear and hope in Him, making the Deen purely and sincerely for Him, having patience in what He orders and prohibits, having patience with what He decrees and being pleased with it, having allegiance and enmity for His sake, humbling oneself in front of Him and having humility in front of Him, becoming tranquil with Him and other than this from the actions of the heart which are actually connected to the action of the limbs ... and actions of the limbs without the action of the heart is of little benefit if any benefit at all.
 He is Abu ‘Abdullaah, Shamsud Deen Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr (better known as Ibn al-Qayyim (or ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah). He was born in the year 691 H in the city of Damascus.