PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 NKJ
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but
in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but
also for the interests of others.
Selfishness, not hate, is the opposite of divine love.
All the problems in the world today are the result of
selfishness. The problems in our governments and with our
economies are all the result of selfishness. The problems in
our families are the result of selfishness.
JAMES 3:16 TEV
16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also
disorder and every kind of evil.
The answer is for each of us to desire the best for others,
even to the point of sacrificing our own benefit to see others
blessed. This describes divine love.
That’s how Jesus lived. His aim was to benefit others, not to
please Himself. Jesus suffered so we would not have to suffer.
This love is a commandment for all Christian believers. But
this commandment is given for our good, not to discourage us or
condemn us. With the command we are also given the nature and
ability to perform the command.
JOHN 13:34 NKJ
34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
All who receive Jesus Christ can walk in the same divine love
Jesus did, because they have God’s life in them. This is why
all people MUST be born again, so they can be set free from
sin’s bondage by being cured of selfishness.
ROMANS 5:5 NKJ
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has
been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given
Christians can choose to act selfishly, but when they do, they
are acting against their own nature.