Philippians 2.4 “Not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.”
God began to teach about brotherly love in the Old Testament. It was written in the Law that, “You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray, and hide yourself from them; you shall certainly bring them back to your brother.” God was teaching them, not only to be concerned, but to always do what’s in the best interest of others. In our neighbourhoods, at work, in school, etc, God doesn’t want us to be selfish. Don’t say it doesn’t concern you, it does.
In 1 Corinthians 13:5, we learn that love “seeketh not her own”. In other words, love puts others first before herself! I can imagine what some of you are thinking right now: we would rather satisfy ourselves first, before thinking about anyone else. 1 Corinthians 10.24 says, “Let no man seek his own, but each his neighbor’s good.”
You know, you really don’t have to put others down in order to rise. If that’s your strategy then you must change it immediately. I know it’s what goes on in the world today, but being Christians we must be different.
Have the interests of others at heart; be genuinely concerned about their welfare; seek to know how they are. Don’t be someone who’s “too busy” to know what’s going on in the lives of other people. Don’t wait for them to come crying to you before you consider helping them, reach out to them with the love of God that’s shed abroad in your heart. Let brotherly love continue.