What does the Bible say about selfishness?
Scripture is consistent in condemning selfish ambition. Some may struggle with how to accurately know when ambition is appealing. How do we know if our ambitions are selfish, and how do we know if they are healthy and ordered?
Philippians 2: 3–4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain pride. However, in humility value others more than yourself, not looking at your own interests but each in the interests of others. ”Paul goes on to teach the Philippians to have the same mindset as Jesus when dealing with others, and he details how humble he was. What does it mean to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain pride?
Selfish ambition is the opposite of serving the needs of others. The passage is aptly summarized in James 3:16: "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." James emphasizes a specific habit that overcomes selfish ambition: peace.  "The harvest of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace" (James 3:18). Traditionally, he refers to a workplace - harvesting grain in this case - to express his point. He discusses many elements of maintaining peace: mourning for the harm we have done to others (James 4: 9), humbling ourselves (James 4:10), avoiding slander, accusation, and judgment (James 4: 11), and mercy and truth (James 3:17). All of these can and should be used by Christians in the workplace.
I wrote in my prayer journal recently: "I have an epiphany: Worldly ambition is the enemy of God's anointing. I find that in accepting Jesus' invitation to lay down 'my' ambition there is a peace that flooded my heart where there was none. I have now discovered a renewed desire to serve. To interpret John Gray's meaning, '... to serve others as if it were my last day on earth, and my only purpose is to infuse the last drop of the fragrance of Jesus from within me.ambition I pray that it will last.
If you harbor bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not brag about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not descend from heaven but is earthly, not spiritual, to the devil. For where envy and selfish ambition are, there you will find trouble and every evil deed. But the wisdom that is from heaven is pure. then peace -loving, considerate, submissive, full of compassion and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow peace reap righteousness.
Many Bible verses about selfishness:
“True things should prevail over falsehood; eternal things, temporary; useful things, of the beautiful. Do not allow anything to be pleasing to the eye, except what you see to be done with piety and righteousness. Don’t let anything be fun to listen to but that which grows the soul and makes you a better person ... If it is fun to listen to tunes and songs, make it fun to sing and listen to the praise be to God ... For he that chooseth temporal things hath no eternal things. He who prefers earthly things, has no heavenly things ”(Lactantius).
James tells us in James 3:14 that the envy and selfish ambition that is in our hearts is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic wisdom. Notice where this jealousy and selfish ambition lies - it is silent left in our hearts where no one sees it…
This next quote is LONG lol! but listen to me as John McArthur said much more than ever: "That is why earthly wisdom is born of demons, it manifests sensual feeling and nothing surpasses the fall of mankind. That is the earth. sensual demonic wisdom.And that's the way most people live.But Satan calls it wisdom.
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