SELFISH = Lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.
Many times we do or say things and never consider how it affects everyone around us. We are so self-absorbed that we completely forget that EVERY action has a re-action. No matter how big or small we think it is, something is bound to change. Let’s look at some examples from the Bible where things were done that affected many people around them.
- Genesis chapter 3 – Eve eats of the forbidden tree, her rebellion affected the perfect world we would have enjoyed with the Most High.
- Joshua chapter 6-7 – Most High commands Israel to destroy the entire city of Jericho and to take nothing from it. Everyone obeyed except for Achan who brought back from the spoils a garment, gold and silver and hid them in his tent. The anger of the Lord was kindled against ALL of Israel not just Achan. 36 Israelites died in battle against the men of Ai because of the transgression against the covenant of the Most High. For his disobedience Achan was put to death but they also killed his wife, children, and his animals.
- 1st Maccabees 5:18 – Joseph and Azarias are instructed to take charge of the people and not make war against the heathen. 1st Maccabees 5:57 Both Joseph and Azarias wanted to get a name for themselves so they fought against the heathen. For this vain glory 2,000 Israelite men were slain.
- The History of Susanna – The two judges lusted after her and lied about her, for her not laying with them. She was almost put to death for their perverted lustful selfish heart.
- Matthew chapter 26 – Judas betrays Yahawashi for 30 pieces of Silver.
These examples from the bible might sound harsh but if we are breaking any of the laws we will be punished. There is no escaping it, whether it be now or later, to you or to someone near you, the punishment will come.
James 2:10; “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of ALL.”
Ecclesiasticus 5:4; “Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? For the Lord is long suffering, he will in no wise let thee go.”
When I first learned about the truth, I began to pray that every day wouldn’t be my last. I was so scared that I tried my best not to break any of the laws I began to learn. How many Sabbaths had I broken? How many times did I dishonor my parents? How many times did I defile my body (my temple) with tattoos, drugs, food, and drinks? How long did I wear pants? I broke so many laws that I was sure my punishment was close. Later I understood about repentance and how the Most High is merciful. This didn’t give me the green light to continue to sin but it gave me some piece of mind. Now knowing about the laws I cannot and do not allow myself or my children to break any law that we know willingly. Of course we are not perfect and still have a lot of work to do but we try our best. I would never want to put my family or my brethren at jeopardy for something that I did. With that being said analyze yourself. Are you breaking laws of the Most High and acting nonchalant about it? The punishment won’t necessarily fall on you individually but it can fall on your children, husband, parents, siblings, and/or congregation. Yes, there will be times when it’s out of our hands, but for the most part there is always an option, we just don’t try hard enough. Let’s have the love that we are to have for each other and think about your family and brethren before you decide to sin. The laws and punishment for breaking them are clearly written in the bible, if we all read more we would know and have more fear. Let’s stop thinking about just ME all the time.
Romans 15:1-3 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”
Philippians 2:3; “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
Joshua 1:8; “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that though mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”