8827 selfishness

8827 selfishness

A self-centred concern for oneself, without due regard to the needs of others. Scripture treats selfishness as an aspect of sin and urges believers to care for others as well as themselves.

Selfishness is a characteristic of the sinner

Ro 8:5; 2Co 5:15 See also Pr 18:1; Ro 2:8; Eph 2:3

Selfishness is a characteristic of sinful society

2Ti 3:1-2 See also Jdg 17:6; Jdg 21:25

Expressions of selfishness

Greed Mt 23:25 See also Mk 12:7; Lk 12:13-21; Ac 5:3

Ambition Php 2:3 See also Jer 45:5; Gal 5:19-20; Php 1:17; Jas 3:14-16

Boastfulness Da 4:30

Examples of selfishness

See also Ge 11:4 the builders of the tower of Babel; Ge 13:10-11 Lot in his choice of territory; Eze 28:2-5 the king of Tyre; Eze 34:8 Israel’s leaders; Mk 10:35 James and John

Self-absorption as the result of pain or depression

Job 14:22; 1Ki 19:10

Antidotes to selfishness

God’s word Ps 119:36

The example of Jesus Christ Ro 15:3 See also Php 2:4-8

Dying to the old nature Ro 6:6 See also Eph 4:22; Col 3:9

Serving one another 1Pe 4:10 See also 1Co 10:24

Loving one another Jn 13:34 See also Mt 22:39; Ro 13:8-10

See also

4030world, behaviour in
5503rich, the
5558storing
5786ambition, negative
5869greed
6121boasting
6133coveting
6166flesh, sinful nature
8356unselfishness
8802pride
8821self-indulgence
8821self-indulgence

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