“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (v1-2). Paul knew that aggressive competition, arrogance, and self-centeredness could divide God’s people. He urged believers to fight against these temptations by embracing humility, especially the humility modeled by Jesus the King, who “made himself nothing” for our sakes. Jesus served others to the point of sacrifice, and He leads us to the same (v7).
“Have this mind among yourselves” (v5). The world urges us to defend ourselves and to fight for what is ours, but Jesus calls us to give ourselves away.