How to deal with particular sins: Selfishness 

 

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

“A wealthy farmer in New York, who was known for hoarding his wealth and being a very selfish man, was converted. Soon after his conversion, a poor man came to him and asked for help. He had lost everything and had no provisions. This young convert thought he would be generous and give him a ham from his smokehouse. He started toward the smokehouse, and on the way, the tempter said, “Give him the smallest one you have.” He struggled all the way to the smokehouse as to whether he would give a large or a small one. In order to overcome his selfishness,  he took down the biggest ham he had and gave it to the man. The tempter said, You’re a fool.” But he replied, “If you don’t keep silent, I’ll give him every ham I have in the smokehouse.” (1)

 

 
(1) The Overcoming Life: Updated edition (Moody,D.L.) Location 256-257

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