Have you ever noticed that when you are with someone that doesn’t like a certain kind of food, that’s immediately the type of food you want? You know your buddy doesn’t like Chinese, so, all of the sudden, that’s what you’re craving. There’s something inside of all of us that makes our default at least a little bit selfish.
Our feelings are selfish. They’re our own feelings, not anyone else’s. Our emotions tell us if we are happy or sad, excited or depressed. When we make decisions based upon our emotions and feelings, we feed our own selfishness.
My feelings do not care about what other people need or what God wants for my life. My feelings care about me feeling happy. They are naturally selfish.
Philippians 2:1-11 gives us clear instructions about living our lives unselfishly. Living in a way that puts other people ahead of ourselves. Why? Because this is the same mindset that Jesus Christ has. Jesus ultimately showed us this way of life by giving laying down His life for us. That’s the example Jesus set for us.
Don’t allow your selfish desires control how you live and the decisions you make. Choose to live by God’s word, and the attitude that Jesus Christ had of being unselfish and generous.
🤔 Who do you know that most lives out the character of Jesus in their life?
💡 What thought or idea stood out to you in today’s reading?
❓ Was there anything confusing to you in today’s reading?
🏃♂️ What is one way you can apply this passage to your life right now?