Benefits Of Not Being Selfish

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager

(http://www.wordsoftruth.net)

  

I. Introduction:

A. This lesson is not intended to infer that I am trying to ÒsellÓ why you should not be selfish.  Plain and simple, weÕre commanded NOT to be selfish (Romans 15:1-3).

1. How simple is it to realize weÕre to love others as ourselves (James 2:8)?

2. The mindset of service (Mark 10:43-45).

B. Realize that it is possible to seem unselfish to yourself (Proverbs 18:17).

1. DonÕt lie to yourself (Proverbs 30:12-13).

2. Be honest and examine whether or not you have a problem with selfishness (Ezekiel 18:27-28).

 

II. Body: LetÕs not serve our own benefits (I Corinthians 10:33).

A. Think about how being selfless helps put God above ourselves (II Corinthians 5:14-15).

1. We live unto Him (Romans 14:7-8 and Colossians 3:1-4).

2. His will stands above our own (Psalms 37:23 and Hebrews 13:20-21).

B. Think about how being selfless helps us love others (Galatians 5:13-14).

1. WhatÕs love do for others (Romans 13:9-10)?

2. How much will you sacrifice if you love unselfishly (I John 3:14-18)?

C. In fact, there are many things that are simplified by not being selfishÉ

1. It is easier to want to give to others (Acts 20:35 and Ephesians 4:28) because you wonÕt think of what youÕre missing out on (Philippians 3:7-8).

2. It is easier to do Scripturally qualified Ògood thingsÓ for others (Galatians 6:7-10) because you wonÕt be so busy caring only for yourself (Philippians 2:3-8).

3. It is easier not to be a burden on others (II Corinthians 11:9 and I Thessalonians 2:5-9) because you think of them over yourself (Romans 12:10).

4. It is easier to care about what others are going through (Romans 12:15 and Hebrews 13:3) because your not self-absorbed (I Corinthians 10:24).

5. YouÕll be able to be properly hospitable (I Peter 4:9) and helpful (Acts 11:27-30) to others because you wonÕt be looking for a favor in return (Luke 14:12-14).

D. While it is hard to find unselfish people, they exist among faithful saints  (Philippians 2:19-30).

1. We know the world is wicked (I John 5:19).

2. We know among the called there are still only a few faithful (Matthew 22:14).

3. YOU [ME] be the Timothy and Epaphroditus of today (I Peter 4:10).

 

III. Conclusion: To do these things you have to get over yourself (Matthew 16:24-27).

 

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