Bible Summary. Selfishness and love are complete opposites. Selfishness is solely focused on satisfying its own flesh. Love on the other hand is focused on pleasing others. Pride and selfishness go hand-in-hand. They are both self-centered. They are both in contention with God and with everyone around them. Selfishness is infectious. If one person is selfish and prideful, it is likely that they will incite others to be prideful and selfish. God does not suffer selfish people. God counts these type of people as wicked and He will not know them. Pride and selfishness produce strife and disharmony with God and with others. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on selfishness.
How Can You Stop Being Selfish? Learn to Love.
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Selfishness and Love Are Complete Opposites.
Love is not selfish, envious, nor prideful. Selfish people seek only to satisfy their flesh. Love does not. Selfishness and love are complete opposites and cannot coexist at the same time. 1st Corinthians 13:4 advises that love is not selfish, envious, nor prideful.
1st Corinthians 13:4, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”
Prideful, Selfish Acts Cause Contention, Not Peace.
Jesus loves us so much that He has given us peace for all that ask Him of it. Strife and contention does not come from God. All contention comes from pride and selfishness. Proverbs 13:10 advises us that pride and selfishness cause strife.
Proverbs 13:10, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
Selfish Acts Reproduce More Selfish Acts.
Selfishness is infectious. If one person is selfish and prideful, it is likely that they will incite others to be prideful and selfish. If we love God, we have the power to not be enticed by selfish acts of others and not get in a place of selfishness where we entice others to go against God. Ezekiel 16:15 advises us how selfish acts incite more selfish acts.
Ezekiel 16:15, “But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.”
God Will Not Put Up With Selfish Behavior.
If you display selfish behavior with God or your neighbor, God will not put up with you for very long. The proud place more honor on themselves than God. God counts this type of person as wicked and He will not know him. Pride and selfishness produce strife and disharmony with God and with others. Psalm 101:4 advises us that God will separate Himself from selfish people.
Psalm 101:4, “A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.”