"I'm going to do what I want to.
If they don't like it, that's their problem." Have you ever heard
anyone say something like that? Or have you ever thought that to yourself?
Many times there isn't anything wrong with doing what you like to do. We
all like to enjoy ourselves. But the attitude expressed above is one of
selfishness–one of not caring what his or her actions might mean for another
person. And that is wrong. God's Word teaches us that our own needs and
wants aren't all we should be concerned about:
When you pursue the things you are
interested in, remember to give the needs of others consideration, too.
It is also important to consider the interests of others before deciding
to do something. Sometimes you might not really want to do a certain task
because it isn't something you enjoy doing, but your doing that task would
be very helpful for others. The Bible clearly says to look to the interests
of others. In fact, if you are to be like Jesus, then you will consider
others even more:
That's the attitude Jesus had when
died on the cross for your sins. He considered your needs to be
more important than His own. (Read about this in the Bible at
Do your best to look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others–just like Jesus.
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