What does the Bible say about selfishness?


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Selfishness is that attitude of being concerned with one's own interests above the interests of others. However, the Bible commands us to "do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with hum...

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Mini Tony M Writer
Selfishness is an attitude that builds on being self-centered. It takes away the room for humility, and even when exposed it does not bow down to the salvation present. It draws us to find comfort in self flattery, and to disregard what God expects of us. Cain's offering was not pleasing to God because it was all about himself, and he did not understand the will of God for the salvation of mankind. (Genesis 4) Selfishness keeps all the portion for itself even if it means depriving others of God given rights. 

For selfishness makes our faith fade away as doubt takes control of our relations to all things. We end up disregarding trust in God that he knows what we specifically need for each day, and then we craft selfish ways for our own survival. 

The rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-31, did not see how much it meant to be called for discipleship by Jesus Christ because of his selfish heart. He could not go past the idea of Christ's way of initiation, which was commanded to him. 
He chose, rather, to keep his possessions for himself, even if it meant walking away from Jesus, the Prince of peace. He did not allow a selfless spirit that could see others being blessed by his service to God even if it meant sacrificing all for others' happiness and welfare. 

Selfishness benumbs our sense of duty and cuts the channels to God's blessings.

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