Selfish or Selfless

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 3:8 NIV


Midweek Thoughts


I have been thinking about these two words for a while now on and off.  Selfish means to think of oneself over others, to not show consideration for others, to put yourself first and to think of your needs over others.  Selfless means to put others first, to think about others’ needs before your own, to show consideration for others.  Depending on which one we choose to be, either selfish or selfless, it shows a lot about our ability to love.

God is love.  The Bible shows, through all the stories, that God is love.  It goes into great detail about His love for all of us.  No place does it show this better than Jesus on the cross.  Through all the stories, especially of Jesus, it depicts God as completely selfless.  His great love for us is written all throughout the Bible.  Everything He created for us, everything He has done for us.  All because of love.

One thing He did for us was to give us free will to choose.  This is important.  To truly love, truly be selfless, we must have the ability to choose, freely.  The choice is ours.  We either choose Him or we don’t.  Then we face the consequences of our choice.  I cannot help but choose Him.  The God I know is far greater than anything in this world.  I want to love like He does.  I want to give my life to Him and for Him.  After all, He did that for me.

In this world it is so easy for us to think only of ourselves and to put ourselves first.  When we take the selfish route, it only leads to darkness, pain, and an eternal separation from God, from love.  When we choose to follow Him and be selfless, it leads to a peaceful, loving eternity with Him.

Choose to be selfless.  Use Jesus as your example.  Choose love.

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