Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, February 9, 2019

Theme: AVOIDING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Text: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” – Philippians 2:4

Comment: One of the vices that are listed among anti-social behaviours is selfishness, otherwise known as self-centredness. Such people do not care about the feelings of others. They seek their private advantage over the general good of the people and hate to see their neighbors succeed in life.  They are happy when their colleagues, friends, brothers and relations are in trouble.  King David suffered such treatment and he wrote: “They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth… I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together…” (Psalm 35:12-16) This attitude is contrary to the admonition of Apostle Paul to wit: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” – Romans 12:15.

Self-centeredness does not promote true friendship, love or peaceful co-existence, which are some of the marks of true disciples of Jesus Christ. Indeed, the Scriptures say that one cannot say he loves God when he does not love his brother, as it is written; “If a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen” – 1 John 4:20.

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