Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4 NLT
Children learn to lookout for themselves very early in life. One of the first words they learn is mine; and they use that word quite frequently. If you pick up their toy, they will come to get it and say, “Mine!” Children can be selfish; but as they grow, they change, at least most of them do. Sometimes, adults behave like children; they grab at everything and want all that they see for themselves. Some would step all over you if that would help them get what they want.
But, God does not see as man sees; He wants His children to be different. People of faith have a different set of rules to live by. We cannot be so self absorbed that we forget to pay attention to the needs of others. Paul hit the nail on the head in Romans 4:21, he said, “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.” Walking with God demands that you put the spiritual wellbeing of others ahead of you own desires. There might be nothing wrong in what you are doing, but someone who is weak in faith, might have a problem with what you are about to do. Paul declared it is better not to eat meat or drink wine if it will cause someone to stumble in their walk with God.
Walking with God requires that you put away selfishness. When Abraham and Lot had to part ways because their servants were feuding, Abraham said to Lot in Genesis 13:9, “The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.” Abraham was the elder and the choice should have been his, but he allowed Lot to choose. Abraham gave up his right for peace
Thought for Today: Friend, love others as you love yourself.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.