Selfishness opposes being submitted to God. In order to live a life for God, we need to rid ourselves of being selfish. Here are 14 scriptures to help you overcome selfish ambition and selfishness.
14 Bible Verses dealing with Selfishness
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
1 Corinthians 10:24
Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well being.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforenhand, just as I told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to my covetedness.
Then he said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
Where do wars and fights comes from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and you do have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive, because with wrong motives, so you may spend it on pleasures.
1 Timothy 3:1-3
This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop must be then be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of grace of God.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
When he called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”