Seeking the Good of Others
23 ‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say – but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’– but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
Since we were born, we have always had the natural tendency to be selfish. We didn’t need to learn to be selfish. It is the parent’s job to teach their young toddlers to share their toys, to wait in line, take turns and to listen to others. As adults, we can drift back to the idea that we should look after numero uno. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then who will take care of us?
In whatever relationship we are in, whether it is in a marriage, siblings, classroom, roommates, or co-workers, we need to consider the good of others. It is how Jesus lived his life and can make a difference in developing our current relationships. This is not to say that we don’t look after ourselves at all, but to bring some balance and to consider others as well. When we consider the other person, we don’t say whatever we want or do whatever we want as it can adversely affect the other person. We don’t always have to be right. I like the point that not everything is constructive. If we do what we want, it could be destructive.