Selfishness is that disposition which prompts us to seek our own interests or our own gratification without due regard to the rights or happiness of others.
Selfishness is born with every man. There is scarcely a crime which man commits, or a sin of which he is guilty, which does not originate from selfishness. It is the bitter fountain in which every corrupt stream has its source. It is the evil tree which bears every manner of pernicious fruit. It is a vice that is never satisfied; it grows by what it feeds upon. It has the utmost tenacity of life, and never dies a natural death.
It can be slain, only by the Sword of the Spirit — it can be destroyed only by the fire of the Holy Ghost. It can wear out the strongest constitution, but it is never worn out itself.
It exists under a thousand different forms, and in every state of society. The most refined, and the most highly educated, are as much under its influence as the most ignorant and uncultivated.
–Phil. 2:3, 4; Rom. 14:7; Heb. 13:1; Gal. 6:2; Col. 3:2.
Let the radiation of the holiness of God crush the power of selfishness in your life.