Consider Others Better Than Yourself


This post is continuing a chain blog initiated by Alan Knox on the topic of “one another.”

Let’s take a look at a biblical principle that is very simple in concept yet extremely hard to practice.

Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, each one of you not looking out for his own interests, but also each of you looking out for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3–4, LEB)

We are to consider others better than ourselves. What does that mean?

Treat Others Better

First, it means we should give preferential treatment to everyone other than ourselves.

If your favorite author/actor/athlete/celebrity paid you a visit, you would go out of your way to make them as comfortable as possible. This is because you consider them to be better than yourself.

But this “one another” command in Philippians applies to all people. We should be going out of our way to help everyone we come into contact with, not just people we really like.

Consider others better than yourself.

Don’t Judge Intentions

Secondly, this means that we should be very slow to judge intentions.

When someone does something we don’t like, it is easy to imagine a malicious intent behind their actions. We ought rather to always give the benefit of the doubt. Assume a person’s intentions are pure unless proven otherwise.

We are able to see the sinful intentions of our own hearts. Therefore, we tend to project our own sinfulness upon the actions of others. But Paul warned against doing that.

Consider others better than yourself.

Don’t Believe Accusations

Third, we should be very slow to form conclusions or believe accusations about anyone.

When someone is accused of a wrong-doing, we should at first assume the accusation is incorrect (especially if that person is not present). We should expend every effort to prove a person’s innocence before we even think about spreading the rumor of his guilt.

This is not to say that we should turn a blind eye when we know for sure that a believer is involved in sin. In such circumstances, appropriate biblical measures should be taken (Matthew 18:15–20, 1 Corinthians 5:1–13).

But we should never assume guilt from the outset.

Consider others better than yourself.

These things are hard, but they are essential for living in unity with the body of Christ. You must choose to believe that everyone around you is a better person than yourself. Consider yourself to be of the very least importance. Love one another.

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“Links” in the “One Another” Chain Blog

  1. Chain Blog: One Another” by Alan Knox
  2. Linking One Another” by Swanny
  3. What Does It Mean to Love One Another?” by Chuck McKnight
  4. The Treasure of ‘One Another’” by Jim Puntney
  5. This Is How the World Shall Recognize You…” by Kathleen Ward
  6. Accepting One Another in Love” by Chris Jefferies
  7. “One Another: A Meta-narrative for the Church”—Part One and Part Two by Greg Gamble
  8. Individualism and ‘One Another’” by Pieter Pretorius
  9. All Alone with One Another” by Jeremy Myers
  10. When It’s Okay for Christians to Compete” by Joshua Lawson
  11. Jesus Christ, the Corner Stone for One Another” by Peter
  12. Be Superficial with One Another” by Jon
  13. The Unmentionable One Anothers” by Alan Knox
  14. Loving More Fully and Widely” by Chris Jefferies
  15. The One Another Weapon” by Dan Allen
  16. “Corporate One-Anothering” Part One and Part Two by David Bolton
  17. The Last Revival” by Tobie van der Westhuizen
  18. Love: a ‘One Another’ Comic” by Dan Allen
  19. I Can Only Love You If…” by Rob
  20. It Was Lost in Translation” by Nelson
  21. Consider Others Better Than Yourself” by Chuck McKnight
  22. Who will write the twenty-second link post in the chain?