21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:21

Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:16-24

(Read 2 Corinthians 8:16-24)

The apostle commends the brethren sent to collect their charity, that it might be known who they were, and how safely they might be trusted. It is the duty of all Christians to act prudently; to hinder, as far as we can, all unjust suspicions. It is needful, in the first place, to act uprightly in the sight of God, but things honest in the sight of men should also be attended to. A clear character, as well as a pure conscience, is requisite for usefulness. They brought glory to Christ as instruments, and had obtained honour from Christ to be counted faithful, and employed in his service. The good opinion others have of us, should be an argument with us to do well.