Priorities| Scriptural Meditation

“Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”

-1 Corinthians 10:24 (NKJV)

This is a simple message, but I like it: put others before yourself. In the context Paul is talking about suppressing a preference or a difference of opinion in order to have fellowship with fellow believers. The believers in Corinth had a conflict based on some people who were more severe with themselves (more selective about what they ate, for example) interacting with people who they should have regarded as their equals. Paul doesn’t condemn them for their more stringent stance, nor does he condemn the “weaker” brethren. Instead, he emphasizes harmony and connection. His exhortation for everyone to consider others more than themselves is a beautiful path to real change and deeper connections to people in a group. If others acted in a way that showed they cared deeply for you and obligated themselves to your care and comfort, even where they might have a quibble with you, how might that impact you. If you treated others that way, how do you think they would react? I imagine that such interactions would create a beautiful web of reciprocity knitting people who live among each other into a more profound type of community than your average neighborhood.

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