Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people. Romans 12.16-18
In the church, it has been said there are two levels: Christ, the head, and everyone else with the different talents they are to exercise. Being on the same level makes it much easier to understand that what you have materially does not make any difference, nor any other earthly assets that come into play.
Christians are to live in harmony with one another. They are to live in agreement. When writing to the Philippians, Paul wrote for them to be of one mind, having the same love, united in spirit, and having one purpose, Philippians 2.2. The same is true today.
In Romans 12.3, Paul wrote to not think more highly of yourself than you ought to think. The Christian should not be conceited or have excessive appreciation of himself.
It is important to do what is right. Christians should never do what is considered evil in man’s eyes, and certainly not in God’s eyes. They should try their best to live in peace with all, unless called upon to do something that is against God’s will. Peter wrote that Christians should maintain good conduct among the non-Christians so that even though they speak badly of you, they will see your good deeds and glorify God, 1 Peter 2.12.