What kind of lifestyle do you believe in and live? Is it one of focused selfishness, or one of lovingly seeking to meet the needs of others? (Romans 13:8).
One popular and influential novelist of our day espouses a godless philosophy that is totally self-centered. The hero of one of her early novel says, “The word we must never be spoken . . . . I see the face of a god, and I raise this god over the earth, . . . who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: I.”
What are the results of living entirely for ourselves? Such a lifestyle may bring pride, and according to the author of the quote above, pride is the sum of all the virtues. Yet ruthless self-concern doesn’t bring joy, nor does a self-centered lifestyle bring peace. One discerning reviewer made this statement about the selfish novelist: “She seems to be one of the unhappiest persons who ever lived.”
God’s Word sets forth the precise opposite of such a self-centered philosophy of life. The guiding principle for abundant living is that we love our neighbor as we love our selves (v. 9). What do we experience when we live such a lifestyle? A life of love – it definitely pays better! – Vernon C. Grounds
Love is giving for the world’s needs,
Love is sharing as the Spirit leads,
Love is caring when the world cries,
Love is compassion with Christlike eyes. – Brandt
Love is the door through which we pass from selfishness to service.
- May 19, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread