These 31 Scriptures About Selfishness will illustrate to you that we all have selfishness to some degree that leaves room for improvement.
One of the greatest examples of selfishness is when Lazarus the beggar lay sick and hungry at the gate of the rich man waiting for the crumbs from his table to fall off to be fed, but the rich man chose to ignore it (Luke 16:19-31).
Not all selfishness is about looking after the poor but rather when we put our own interests before those of others.
Often we do not even realise when we are selfish, and yet to become more like Christ we need to be sensitive about this and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our selfish acts.
May you clearly hear the voice of the Holy Spirit ministering to you while reading through these beautiful Scriptures.
31 Scriptures About Selfishness
1. All To Please God
“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”2 Timothy 2:4
2. Bear Each Other’s Burdens
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”Galatians 6:2
3. Consequences Of Ignoring Other’s Needs
“Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poorProverbs 21:13
Will also cry himself and not be heard.”
4. Consider Others
“Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.”Romans 14:15
5. Crucified With Christ
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”Galatians 2:20
6. Deny Oneself To Follow Jesus
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”Luke 9:23
7. Do These
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”Romans 12-10-13
8. Eternal Life
“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”Luke 17:33
9. God’s Love For Those In Need
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”1 John 3:17
10. Inclined Not To Selfish Gain
“Incline my heart to Your testimonies,Psalms 119:36
And not to covetousness.”
11. Joy To The Righteous
“It is a joy for the just to do justice,Proverbs 21:15
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.”
12. Life Laid Down
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”John 15:13
13. Loan To God
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,Proverbs 19:17
And He will pay back what he has given.”
14. Look At The Interests Of Others
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”Philippians 2:4
15. Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
“And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:31
16. More Blessings In Giving Than Receiving
“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”Acts 20:35
17. Not To Become These Things
“Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”Galatians 5:26
18. Not To Live For Oneself
“He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”2 Corinthians 5:15
19. Not To Look Out Only For Oneself
“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”Haggai 1:4
20. Not To Look Out Only For Oneself
“You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.”Haggai 1:9
21. Not To Seek Only Own Good
“Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.“1 Corinthians 10:24
22. Pray For The Spirit Of Discernment
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;Isaiah 5:20
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
23. Root Of Disorder
“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.”James 3:16
24. Seek The Interests Of Jesus
“For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.”Philippians 2:21
25. Sharing And Good Deeds
“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”Hebrews 13:16
26. Submitting Out Of Reference For Christ
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”Ephesians 5:20-21
27. The Flesh Being Crucified
“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”Galatians 5:24
28. The Gift Of Eternal Life
“One of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”James 2:16
29. Treasure In Heaven
“Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” “Matthew 19:21
30. Those Who Knows You
“The first one to plead his cause seems right,Proverbs 18:17
Until his neighbor comes and examines him.”
31. Words Of Wisdom
“Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture—and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?”Ezekiel 34:18
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