Monday, April 18, 2016
Selfishness Is The Opposite Of Divine Love
PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 NKJ 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Selfishness, not hate, is the opposite of divine love.
All the problems in the world today are the result of selfishness. The problems in our governments and with our economies are all the result of selfishness. The problems in our families are the result of selfishness.
JAMES 3:16 TEV 16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil.
The answer is for each of us to desire the best for others, even to the point of sacrificing our own benefit to see others blessed. This describes divine love.
That's how Jesus lived. His aim was to benefit others, not to please Himself. Jesus suffered so we would not have to suffer.
This love is a commandment for all Christian believers. But this commandment is given for our good, not to discourage us or condemn us. With the command we are also given the nature and ability to perform the command.
JOHN 13:34 NKJ 34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
All who receive Jesus Christ can walk in the same divine love Jesus did, because they have God's life in them. This is why all people MUST be born again, so they can be set free from sin's bondage by being cured of selfishness.
ROMANS 5:5 NKJ 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
(Christians can choose to act selfishly, but when they do, they are acting against their own nature.)
SAY THIS: I choose to obey God and walk in divine love, which is the opposite of selfishness.
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