“For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In Philippians 2:1-11, Paul exhorts the believers in Philippi and us by extension, to express the love they have received in Christ through service of and consideration for others. He points us to the example of Christ, shown by His sacrifice on the cross.

Beloved, selfishness and pride are not proper responses to the sacrifice of Christ. The expression of God’s love in us is not self centred, it is sacrificial.

As much as you should love yourself, the Bible teaches a balance. In fact, it shows us the true expression of love.

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you are only focused on yourself, you will lose your joy when the spotlight is turned on others or when it seems that you do not have the approval of men.

In Romans 12:3, Paul sends a warning about pride to the Church in Rome. He reminds them that the appropriate standard of your esteem comes from God.

With this understanding, he proceeds to show them that every believer is a part of the body of Christ, working together in unity and with an understanding of their role in God’s divine plan and in the body of Christ (Romans 12: 4-13).

Don’t think that you are building a good, stress-free life for yourself by withholding your love from others and living your life only for your own benefit. (Mark 8:35)

True love for yourself and for others stems from a proper understanding of God’s love.

Dear believer, is your love self centered or God-centered?

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 17:20-37, 2 Timothy 2:14-26, Proverbs 12:1-14, Nehemiah 8