Selfishness, and Covetousness
Estimate of Pride
How does the Lord regard
There are six
things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable
to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that
devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to
rush to evil, a false witness who pours out lies,
a man who stirs up dissention among brothers.
What is Gods
attitude toward the proud?
God opposes the
proud but gives grace to the humble.
James 4:6. (See Psalms 40:4; 101:6; 1 Timothy
What Pride Is
Why should we not indulge
Haughty eyes and a
proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
What is to be of the sins
of the last days?
People will be lovers
of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud,
abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy. 2 Timothy 3:2.
The Results of Pride
Of what is pride a
Pride goes before
destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
(See Proverbs 29:23.)
What was the cause of
Your heart became
proud on account of your beauty, and you
corrupted your wisdom, because of your splendor.
How are the proud now
Now we call the
arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers
prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.
What is to the fate of
the proud in the Great Tribulation coming real
Surely the day
coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the
arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and
that day that is coming will set them on fire,
says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 4:1.
The Commandments and
What great commandment,
if kept, will exclude selfishness?
Love your neighbor
as yourself. Matthew 22:39.
What sin is forbidden by
the tenth commandment?
You shall not covet
your neighbor house. You shall not covet your
neighbors wife, or his manservant or
maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that
belongs to your neighbor. Exodus 20:17.
How are we admonished
with regard to selfishness?
Nobody should seek
his own goods, but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:24. Each of you should
look not only to your own interests, but also
to the interest of others. Philippians
2:4. Even as I try to please everybody in
every way. For I am not seeking my own good
but the good of many, so that they may be
saved. 1 Corinthians 10:33. Each of
us should please his neighbor for his good,
to build him up. Romans 15:2.
How prevalent is the sin
looks out for his own interests, not those of
What sins are to
characterize the last days?
People will be lovers
of themselves. 2 Timothy 3:2.
The Cure for Selfishness
What does love not do?
Love is patient,
love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is
not self-seeking. 1 Corinthians 13:4,5.
What example of
unselfishness did Christ leave for us?
For you know the
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he
was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,
so that through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9.
But even Christ did
not please himself but, as it was written: The
insults of those who insult you have fallen on
me. Romans 15:3. (See also 1 John 3:17.)
The Nature of
What warning did Christ
give concerning covetousness?
Watch out! Be on
your guard against all kinds of greed; a mans
life does not consist in the abundance of his
possessions. Luke 12:15.
What commandment forbids
You shall not
covet. Exodus 20:17.
What does Paul call
Put to death,
therefore, whatever belongs to your earthy
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil
desires and greed, which is idolatry.
What do these sins bring
Because of these, the
wrath of God is coming. Verse 6.
What double service did
Christ say is impossible.
You cannot serve
both God and money. Luke 16:13.
Bible Examples of the
What showed this
principle to have been strong in the rich man who
already had abundance?
Then he said,
This is what Ill do. I will tear
down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I
will store all my grains and my goods. And Ill
say to myself, You have plenty of good
things laid up for many years. Take life easy;
eat, drink and be merry. Luke
What did God say to him?
But God said to
him, You fool! This very night your life
will be demanded of you. Then who will get what
you have prepared for yourself? Verse
What application of this
parable did the Savior make?
This is how it will
be with anyone who stores up things for
himself but is not rich toward God. Verse
Of what sin were the
The Pharisees, who
loved money, heard all of this and were sneering
What reply did Christ
He said unto them, You
are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes
of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly
valued among men is detestable in Gods
What did this sin lead
Achan to do?
When I saw the
plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two
hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold
weighting fifty shekels, I coveted them and
took them. They are hidden in the ground
inside my tent, with silver underneath.
What did covetousness
lead Judas to do?
Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief
priests to betray Jesus to them. They were
delighted to hear this and promised to give him
money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand
him over. Mark 14:10,11.
How does the Lord regard
He boast of the
cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles
False and True Ideas of
What parable did Christ
give to correct the false idea of the Pharisees
that wealth was a sign of special favor with God?
The parable of the rich
man and Lazarus. (Luke 16:19-31.)
What did He point out as
one of the dangers of possession of wealth?
Jesus looked around
and said to His disciples, How hard it
is for the rich man to enter the kingdom of God!
The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus
said again, Children, how hard it is to
enter the kingdom of God! Mark 10:23,24.
As a rule, what class
generally accepts the gospel?
Listen my dear
brother: Has not God chosen those who are poor
in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith
and to inherit the kingdom promised those who
love him? James 2:5.
How difficult did Christ
say it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
It is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Mark
Why was the rich young
man desiring salvation unwilling to sell what he
had and give alms, as Christ told him to do?
When the young man
heard this, he went away sad, because he had
What is the love of money
declared to be?
For the love of
money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money, have wondered from
the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:10.
What evils befall those
who are determined to be rich?
People who want to
get rich fall into temptation and a trap and
into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge
men into ruin and destruction. Verse 9.
Who gives man the power
to get wealth?
But remember the
Lord your God, for it is he who gives the
ability to produce wealth.
How many all, rich and
poor, honor God?
Honor the Lord with
your wealth, with the first fruits of all
your crops. Proverbs 3:9.
What caution is given
Do not trust in
extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though
your riches increase, do not set your heart on
them. Psalm 62:10.
Can riches be retained to
I have seen a
grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to
the harm of its owner.
What charge is given to
Command those who
are rich in this present world not to be
arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is
uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who
richly provides everything for our enjoyment.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good
deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
In this sway they will lay up treasure for
themselves as a firm foundation for the coming
age, so that they may take hold of the life that
is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19.
What makes rich without
The blessing of
the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no
trouble to it. Proverbs 10:22.
How are true riches
fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and
life. Proverbs 22:4.
How did Moses esteem the
reproach of Christ?
disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater
value than the treasures of Egypt, because he
was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews
What are the two classes
of rich men are mentioned in the Bible?
One man pretends to
be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends
to be poor, yet has great wealth.
Note In Luke
12:16-20 is an example of the first class; in
Acts 4:34-37 are examples of the second.
Mans Last Golden
Why are the last days to
But mark this:
There will be terrible times in the last days. People
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,
boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their
parents, ungrateful, unholy. 2 Timothy
What solemn warning is
addressed to the rich who, in the last days, have
heaped up treasure and oppressed the poor?
Now listen, you
rich people, weep and wail because of the misery
that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted,
and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and
silver are corroded. Their corrosion will
testify against you and eat your flesh like fire.
You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look!
The wages you have failed to pay the workman who
mowed your fields are crying out against you. The
cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of
the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in
luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened
yourself in the day of slaughter. James 5:1-5.
Will silver or gold be
able to deliver in the day of wrath?
silver or gold will be able to save them on the
day of the Lords wrath. In the fire of his
jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he
will make a sudden end of all who live in the
earth. Zephaniah 1:18. (See also Proverbs
What will the rich men do
with their money then?
They will throw
their silver into the streets, and their gold
will be unclean thing. Their silver and gold
will not be able to save them in the day of the
Lords wrath. They will not satisfy their
hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has
made them stumble into sin.
As stewards of Gods
gifts, what are we told to do?
I tell you, use
worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves,
so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed
into eternal dwellings. Luke 16:9. Each
one should use whatever gift he has received
to serve others, faithfully administering Gods
grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10.
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