Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday: Selfishness

"That's MINE give it to MEEEE!" "NO, IT IS NOT, THAT IS MINE!" "IS NOT!" (slapping sound) "MOMMY! HE IS HITTING ME!"  If you have been around small children you know what I am talking about    the daily argument between children over who gets what toy, when, where, and how. It is something we all struggle with whether or not we want to admit it. Selfishness, for as long as there has been sin there has been selfishness. Selfishness is one of the most common problems in this world. Selfishness according to Wikipedia "Selfishness (or self-interest) is commonly denoted by an exclusive concern with oneself or concern with one's own interests.[1] Selfishness is the opposite of altruism or selflessness."  

The past few weeks I have been studying selfishness in school so, what did I learn. First of all I learned that we all have it. Studies have shown that Children that are left alone without any parent supervision are more likely to get into fight over toys and what not, than children who's parents are involved with their children and telling them it is wrong. 

Second of all I learned that God does not like it. Greed it will never make you happy for long. Greed, envy, covet, or Selfishness they are one in the same and it is the root of all evil. If you can control your greed you can pretty much control the rest of it. (With out Christ though, that is impossible.)
1Ti_6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

Third God speaks strongly against selfish behavior. 
(Exodus 20:17 KJV)  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
(Deuteronomy 5:21 KJV)  Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.
(Romans 7:7 KJV)  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
(Romans 13:9 KJV)  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
(1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV)  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
(1 Corinthians 14:39 KJV)  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

So in conclusion, first of all Selfishness is something we are born with. Two, we all have it no matter how hard we try not to. Third God HATES greed, he will freely give to those who ask but he will not give just because we envy what others have. Forth God speaks strongly about it. Alone we can do nothing about our greed, But there is hope the LORD Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby grew up taught then died so that, through him, we could concur our selfishness.  

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