Do nothing according to eritheian – self ambition.
The two occurrences of this word, here and James 3:4 – are better understood as strife or contention.
Don’t act if it is a result of, or results in, faction or intrigue – being contentious or continuing in opposition.
Instead, act in humility – tapeinophrosune – modesty or humbleness of mind.
There are three occurrences of this word in the N.T.
This verse is often used to teach that as Christians we shouldn’t argue or be in opposition to things.
Jesus shows his opposition to many things in the Gospels – prejudice, bad religion, not supporting and helping others, and many more.
Paul tells us here to be open and honest in our opposition, doing it from a place of humility and honesty, not by intrigue and deception.
We are not to revel in our opposition but in respect of situation and those involved.