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Unselfishness

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Putting the concerns and interests of others before one’s own. Jesus Christ was the supreme example of this and believers should follow his example, denying themselves in order to serve others.

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The supreme example of selflessness is that of Jesus Christ himself

In his life and work

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In his dying for others

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Unselfishness is a result of a relationship with Jesus Christ

Christian discipleship begins with a denial of self-interest

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It springs from an experience of life with Jesus Christ

Philippians 1:21–24 NIV
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
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It is inspired by the example of Jesus Christ

Philippians 2:4–5 NIV
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
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It is the result of the Spirit’s work in the believer

Galatians 5:22–26 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Putting others first is fundamental in Christian behaviour

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Unselfishness involves a proper attitude to one’s own self-importance

Philippians 2:3 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
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Unselfishness is expressed in Christian service

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Examples of unselfish behaviour

Those who put others first

Abraham; Moses; Ruth; Samuel; Nehemiah; a poor widow; a mother; a woman with a jar of perfume; John the Baptist; the first Christians; Priscilla and Aquila; the household of Stephanas; Timothy; Epaphroditus

Paul’s ministry was motivated by the interests of others

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