Seeking the good of others

Freedom in Christ exists to seek the good of others. Before correcting errors in the Corinthians’ worship, the apostle Paul corrects individual attitudes about spiritual freedom. They said, “Everything is lawful.” Paul turns the phrase on its head. He surrounds the whole discussion with another phrase, at the beginning and at the end: seek the good of others.

Do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person. … I do not seek my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10.24, 33 NET

1. Seeking the good of others, of “many” (which means “all”), is what Christ did, 11.1., so that is what his followers do as well.

2. Thinking of others first is better than thinking first of oneself. Nobody (hardly) takes issue with this, but who practices it?

3. The greatest good of all that one may do for others: “so that they may be saved.”

4. People are saved when they are taught the Way of Christ and encouraged to follow it.

5. Seeking the good of others is done for God’s glory, verse 31.

What good will you do for others today?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?