Sunday, January 15, 2017

Philippians 2:4 (KJV) An Interest in Others

Philippians 2:4 (KJV)
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Barnes Notes has some very good stuff with regard to this verse. I will use it without much comment.
My version will be highly abbreviated.
“Do not let your care and attention be wholly absorbed by your own concerns, or by the concerns of your own family. Evince a tender interest for the happiness of the whole, and let the welfare of others lie near your hearts. This, of course, does not mean that there is to be any improper interference….
  • We are not to be “busybodies” in the concerns of others
  • We are not to obtrude our advice where it is not sought
  • We are not to find fault with what pertains exclusively to him. 
  • We are not to be gossips about the concerns of others.
Where Christian duty and kindness require us to look into the concerns of others, there should be utmost delicacy.
  • We are to feel that the spiritual interests of everyone in the church is, in a certain sense, our own interest. 
  • There are circumstances where it is proper to look with special interest on the temporal concerns of others. 
  • we should seek the welfare of all others in a spiritual sense.”
Barnes’ commentary is much more detailed. This gives a good sense of what he meant to convey.
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