Essex Congregational Remembrancer
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
I. THE EVIL THE TEXT GUARDS US AGAINST — Selfishness. Self-preservation is indeed the first law of nature, but we are bound to observe the higher law of grace — "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
II. THE DUTY THE TEXT ENJOINS — To care for and promote the welfare of our fellow men. True benevolence demands —
1. Our personal exertion towards our families, friends, neighbourhood, world.
2. Our property.
3. Our influence.
4. Our prayers.
III. SOME MOTIVES TO THE OBSERVANCE OF THIS DUTY.
1. He who cares only for self is a useless member of society.
2. The law of nature requires the exercise of beneficence (Acts 10:26).
3. The pleasure of doing good invites to it.
4. A regard for the esteem of our fellow men.
5. The Word of God enforces it.
6. The example of Christ sets it forth.
7. The hope of standing without confusion before the judgment seat of Christ is an important consideration.
(Essex Congregational Remembrancer.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.