Are You Selfish?

I believe one thing almost everyone deals with is selfishness. In a lot of things, one person’s struggle may not be his neighbor’s but, in the area of selfishness, this is not the case. If you think about it, every divorce, act of rebellion, argument, etc. is rooted in selfishness. We want our own way and, if we don’t get it, we will pitch a fit and often hurt the person who is hindering us from having our way. If you are a Christian, I would guess that you don’t do these things cold and calculatedly, but it can still be a struggle to keep the flesh from rising up when you have been wronged or challenged in some way.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

These things can be easier said than done but, if we are willing to humble ourselves and allow God’s love to fill our hearts, it is doable.

I am struggling with this right now but I thank God for His love in not allowing me to remain selfish but in showing me the areas that are not pleasing Him. This character flaw is not minor. If I am full of self, I am not loving others and preferring them as I should. And how can I love God when I don’t love my Brothers and Sisters?

I don’t know what you are going through right now or who may be rubbing you the wrong way but I implore you to not let the sun go down on your wrath (or frustration). Be willing to bite your tongue sometimes. Force yourself to answer gently even when you feel like you are being attacked. You do not have to let yourself be abused but, even then, it is better to quietly walk away than to retaliate. Words spoken in anger cannot be taken back. If you think before you speak, you will speak more softly, and your words will be more powerful.

Don’t let selfishness define you, but let God’s Spirit fill your life today.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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  1. Reply September 20, 11:31 #1 Scotty Searan

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