It seems to me that friction and factions are striking a note of discord much too frequently. Everyone is asserting their rights, and no one is willing to play second fiddle. As a result, society has lost the sweet sound of harmony.
This is evident whether you are looking inside of the church or outside of the sanctuary, and it was one of Paul’s major concerns when he wrote the letter to the Philippians. Paul knew that sweet songs of harmony are sung in the key of humility.
Humility is the love song of the church, and Paul penned the lyrics in the second chapter of Philippians:
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.~ Philippians 2:1-4
One verse of this song seems to summarize all of it: “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”
A good understanding of humility is important, so I encourage you to give a little thought to these wise words :
- C. S. Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
- Thomas Merton: Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
- Andrew Murray: Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.
- D.L. Moody: A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility
The difference between the genuine and the counterfeit, is the difference between a juice harp and the music of the Boston Pops. One is noise, and the other is the hum of sweet harmony.