Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Medieval soldiers and political leaders appeared in public in the full regalia of power while mounted on large and expensive horses to bolster their claims to supremacy. In sculptural form, they presented themselves as larger than life. This is the origin of the phrase, “get off of your high horse,” implying a criticism of their haughtiness. Growing up, we would describe a person like this as thinking that they were all that and a bag of chips. However you call it, it is not difficult to conclude that a person with these qualities or attitude is conceited. Arrogant people may exist in the world, but this should not be the character or attitude of a believer.
Paul encouraged believers to live in harmony with one another, especially with fellow believers. We should not be conceited, rather we should associate with the lowly, that is the only way we can live in harmony with one another. Paul was not saying that people are lowly in God’s eyes, people of a low position are only identified as such by the world’s standards. Christ thought that everyone was worth dying for, and if Christ died for us all, we should be able to associate with anyone. Heaven will consist of people of all races and backgrounds, and this is why as believers we should not disassociate ourselves with anyone. Christ’s ministry on earth demonstrated and taught that we should treat all people with respect—those of a different race, the handicapped, the poor, young and old, male and female. Never consider others as being beneath you.
Paul also adds that we should never be wise in our own sight. When a person is conceited, they tend to think that in all aspects of their life they have the answers. They feel as though help is not needed from anyone, therefore they are wise in their own sight. A person wise in their own sight says they know more than God. The wisdom that we do have is because God has granted us with it, and because he has given us wisdom, it still does not make us all wise. No one, no matter how much training, and education you have, knows it all. Living in harmony with one another is impossible when you cannot associate with certain people and when you feel as though you know it all.