Acts 20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
The Apostle Paul was addressing the elders at the Church in Ephesus when he described his service for the Lord as being with all humility of mind. A humble mind is actually the mind that was in Christ Jesus (Phil 2:5-8) or the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). We can never have the unity of the Spirit or brethren dwelling together in unity without humility. The reason is that the basic cause for division is pride and selfishness. Striving for oneness through humility seems to be the main theme in all the passages of Scripture that deals with the unity of the functioning Body of Christ (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4).
It takes humility to get along and to work with people that are different from us. Sometimes we are required to be forbearing (suffering with the wrong in others) as they are working out their salvation. It takes humility to be silent when we feel like contending with someone. Pride always disturbs the peace of the Body of Christ and unity of the Spirit. Pride is an excessive belief in ones merit or feelings of superiority. It is an exaggerated opinion of ones achievements too. Pride is the basis for:
COMPETITION (rivalry; vainglory)
Phil 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Prov. 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
2 Cor. 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Jesus already paid the price for our redemption and the provision for the mind of Christ, which includes humility of mind, so we can pull down every stronghold of fleshly pride.