1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and BE CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
When we look at the Church in Acts, we see a display of God like we see in Jesus’ ministry in the Gospels. One important ingredient they had was unity or being in one accord. In the New Testament this word means of one mind, purpose, impulse. It implies a unity or oneness of passion for something. The opposite is disunity or division which is being of a divided mind, purpose, and impulse. It implies a division of passion for something.
The basic cause of disunity is pride/selfishness. When dealing with unity in the local churches, the apostle Paul pinpointed pride/ selfishness as the cause and advocated humility as the cure. They were exhorted to strive to keep unity through humility. The Bible tells us we’re to be clothed by humility (1 Peter 5:5), meaning it can be seen. Humility is seen by:
A. NOT THINKING MORE HIGHLY OF OURSELVES THAN WE OUGHT TO THINK
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
B. VALUING, HONORING, AND PREFERRING OTHERS ABOVE OURSELVES
Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
1 Cor 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
C. BEING SUBJECT, LONGSUFFERING, AND FORBEARING TO ONE ANOTHER
Eph 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
D. ESTEEMING OTHERS BETTER THAN OURSELVES
Phil. 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
E. LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS INTERESTS
Phil. 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
F. SERVING OTHERS
Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: