Selfishness or Selflessness

Keith Knight

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 

Selfishness destroys relationships. Selfishness is self-centeredness. Selfishness looks out for your own personal interests and disregards others. It is the number one cause of conflict, arguments, divorce, and even war. Every problem or trouble starts because of our self-centeredness. And selfishness has a subtle way of creeping into each relationship we have in life. Think for a minute about how you start a relationship. The first thing you work really hard at is being unselfish, looking out for the interests of the other person. We hesitate with transparency and trust until we feel safe and secure in the relationship. We put a lot of energy and effort into growing the relationship. But maintaining them can be a challenge. Why? Because as time goes on, our self-centered nature kicks in and selfishness begins to cunningly erode the relationship. We compare and assess how the relationship benefits you personally. And if it doesn’t, then we move on.

So, what’s the alternative? If selfishness destroys relationships, then it is selflessness that makes them flourish. So what does selflessness look like? What does selflessness really mean? Selflessness is a mindset of humility; it’s thinking of others before you think of yourself. It’s putting the other person’s needs before your own (Philippians 2:3-4).

Selflessness brings out the best in others. It builds belief and faith into the relationship. And when you start acting selfless in a relationship, it causes the other person to view life and the relationship through a different lens; from God’s viewpoint, not man’s. As the Holy Spirit begins to transform your heart and life, people begin to relate to you in different way.

God is unselfish. He gave us His best, Jesus Christ. And once we receive His free gift, grace by faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9), He blesses us with eternal life. Our God rewards selflessness with eternal life. Why? Because He wants you to become more like Him and less like you.

Philippians 1:6 says, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

What selfless act of service can you do for someone today?
A parent, spouse, child, friend, neighbor or co-worker that needs the love of Christ.

Share His selfless love today and be blessed!!!

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