Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16 ESV
Paul advises the church to live in harmony and then proceeds to give three examples of how to do this. Let's look at all three individually.
Do not be haughty, don't be arrogant is what he's getting at. Arrogance has no place in the body of Christ. If our Lord and master is a humble servant, that is what we are to be as well. No room for arrogance there is there? Besides that does anyone really enjoy being around an arrogant person? No, arrogance causes dis-chord which is opposite of harmony. So, let's not be haughty.
He follows up with associate with the the lowly. Jesus did that. We should too. Jesus associated with every kind of person like prostitutes, tax collectors and even arrogant religious leaders (pharisees). After all none of us is as high and mighty as Christ. He is the great equalizer. We are equal under Him and we should treat each other as such.
Last he says do not be wise in your own sight. False wisdom certainly is not beneficial to the body. I say false, because when we base what we do on our own knowledge and exclude God's wisdom we are in dangerous territory. Everything we do within the body must be based on biblical truths, not our own wisdom or opinions. To think of ones self as being wise, is to be arrogant and self elevating.
All this being said, if we follow Paul's teaching on living in harmony we all will be blessed by it. The body will be much more harmonious.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman.