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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Penalty of Selfishness

One of the biggest stumbling blocks in walking in the Spirit or living a fruitful Christian life is selfishness.  Selfishness ruins churches as those who have the ability to help others refrain because they want to keep their sense of importance. Families split because of selfishness one individual feels they are not getting to make any decisions or getting enough attention etc. Selfishness causes individuals to neglect the responsibility to help others in need.  There is undoubtedly a little selfishness in all of us, but we are to be givers as it is more blessed to give than to receive.  Not giving necessarily of our money but of our talents, treasures, and our time. 

A farmer inherited a rice field.  The first year, the water covered his land so well that he had an abundant harvest.  In fact, it even overflowed into his neighbor's field, making it fertile also.  But he began to fret because his neighbor's field became as productive as his own.  He decided that the water was part of his inheritance and belonged exclusively to him, so he cut it off from his neighbor's field the next year.  The result? His own field was flooded and his crop ruined.

The moral of the story is this selfishness ultimately leads to one's demise.  Selfishness can be cured by walking in the Spirit and considering others needs above your own.  Thank God for the Word that gives us resolutions to our problems!

Scripture Reference:  Galatians 5:16

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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