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How do you react to others' successes?

Posted Friday, April 27, 2012, at 3:01 PM

Selfishness Leads to Torment

"When Judas, His betrayer, saw that [Jesus] was condemned, [Judas was afflicted in mind and troubled for his former folly; and] with remorse [with little more than a selfish dread of the consequences] he brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders..." (Matthew 27:3, AMP)

Jesus was betrayed for a mere 30 pieces of silver. Judas, His betrayer, soon realized that this selfish act couldn't satisfy him and shortly after, hung himself.

As with Judas, selfishness leads to torment. Selfish people are never happy because they are constantly striving to find joy through getting their way. Soon they realize that any satisfaction they may feel from getting what they want is short-lived. The need to feel fulfilled becomes even more prevalent as they try to satisfy their needs by becoming even more selfish. It's a crazy cycle, as their needs cannot be satisfied through selfishness.

A selfish person is one who puts their own needs or desires above the needs of others. Quite often, selfishness derives from a spirit of fear. These people fear that they will get the "short end of the stick" so they try to get their way before someone else does. Selfish people fear that they will be in lack or fear that others may think less of them. Their greedy desires, if not kept under submission, leads to narcissism.

Someone who is vain, conceited, egotistical, and self-obsessessed characterizes narcissism. Biblically speaking, the simple term for narcissism is selfishness.

A good way to test if you are a person who deals with selfishness is by how you react to others' successes. Are you a person who rejoices with others although you do not get your way? If not, chances are you are walking in selfishness. Don't be a Judas. Trust in Christ, knowing that He has your best interest at heart. Do not act upon your own selfish ambitions or motives. Trust in God, beloved. Trust in HIM.

Strangely enough, a great joy can take place even when you do not get your way. The type of joy that comes from knowing God loves you and knows who you are and where you are going ... a joy of knowing that EVERY circumstance and your future is secure as you trust in HIM.

So today I urge you to rejoice with others, even when you don't get your way. Do not be consumed with fear and thoughts of getting the "short end of the stick." Do not act on your own selfish ambition or motives; it will get you in trouble every time. Trust in God today, doing something for somebody else and expecting nothing in return.

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .

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