For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Honor one another above yourselves. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Romans 12:3, 10, 16, NIV 1984).
My Musings – How much better would this world be if we could really do this? To not be conceited or think of ourselves more highly than we ought? To not be so proud that we are unwilling to associate those we think are of a lower position than we are? To honor them more than we do ourselves? To not be judgmental, but rather judge soberly (in moderation and self-restraint) in accordance with the measure of faith God has given us.
My Advice – If what we hear in the news and read on social media is an accurate depiction of our culture, then most of the world is headed in the other direction. Of course, Paul would not be admonishing his readers if this were not a characteristic of our sin nature. We cannot do much better, left to our own devices. But if we walk in the Spirit, we can do better. Let’s be an example to the world around us.