Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.…
The gospel does not come down in its requirements to the level of our imperfections. Its plan of perfection is no treadmill. It is ever ahead of us.
I. WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?
1. He that dwells, near me.
2. He that is my countryman.
3. He that is my fellow-man.
4. He that is a follower of Christ.
II. THE SOCIAL DUTY HERE COMMENDED AND COMMANDED.
4. To be more ready to speak good of him than evil.
III. THE OBJECT TO BE HELD IN VIEW.
1. To please him for his good.
2. To please him for his edification, that his character may be built up in truth and righteousness.
IV. SOME REASONS FOR THIS.
1. The example of Christ. He pleased not Himself, but gave Himself for us all.
2. The imitation of Christ. Be ye followers of Me.
1. In this Epistle we have eleven chapters devoted to the exposition of doctrines, and five to some chief social duties.
2. Were we to realise these social duties, earth would become a place more like heaven, and make it sweeter and easier for us all to live.
(L. O. Thompson.)
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