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. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
When we look at the Church in Acts, we see a display of God like we see in Jesus’ ministry in the Gospels. Why was there such a display of God manifesting His power? Power flows where unity is. One important ingredient they had was unity or being in one accord, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart Acts 2:46,” (See also Acts 1:14; 2:1, 4:24; 5:12; 8:6; 15:25). In the New Testament this word means to be of one mind, purpose, impulse; or oneness. If you remember Jesus prayed for this oneness or unity (John 17:21, 22, 27).
One of the main and basic causes of disunity is pride/selfishness. We can see this in the upper room at the Last Supper, where some of the disciples wanted a position of authority over others. They were unwilling to serve others. Their root problem was pride/selfishness. In a time when the disciples should have been in unity, pride brought division among them.
When dealing with disunity and unity in the local churches, the Apostle Paul pinpointed pride/ selfishness as the cause and advocated humility as the cure. We’re to be clothed by humility (1 Peter 5:5), meaning it can be SEEN. What we are clothed with changes what other people see.
- Humility is SEEN BY NOT THINKING MORE HIGHLY OF OURSELVES THAN WE OUGHT.
Romans 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. (Not diminishing ourselves either)
2. Humility is SEEN BY VALUING/HONORING OTHERS ABOVE OURSELVES.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
1 Corinthians 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 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. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
3. Humility is SEEN BY BEING SUBJECT TO, LONG-SUFFERING WITH, AND FORBEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4. Humility is SEEN BY CONSIDERING (ESTEEMING) OTHERS BETTER (EXCELLING) THAN THEMSELVES.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
5. Humility is SEEN BY LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS INTERESTS.
Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
6. Humility is SEEN BY SERVING AND BEING OBEDIENT.
Philippians 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: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.