Selfishness may be one of the easiest sins to get into, because often our first instinct is to consider what is best and easiest for ourselves before we consider others. So how do you develop a heart that is unselfish? Use the Scriptures below to build deep conviction about the effects of selfishness and to challenge yourself to live unselfishly each day.

Deuteronomy 15:7

“When you are living in the land the Lord your God is giving you, there might be some poor people living among you. You must not be selfish. You must not refuse to give help to them.”

Proverbs 28:22

Selfish people only want to get rich. They do not realize that they are very close to being poor.

Proverbs 29:4

A nation will be strong when it has a fair and just king. A nation will be weak when it has a king who is selfish and demands gifts.

Matthew 6:23

But if you look at people in a selfish way, you will be full of darkness. And if the only light you have is really darkness, you have the worst kind of darkness.

1 Corinthians 3:3

You are still not following the Spirit. You are jealous of each other, and you are always arguing with each other. This shows that you are still following your own selfish desires. You are acting like ordinary people of the world.

1 Corinthians 13:5

Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it.

Galatians 5:19-21

19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, 20 worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, 21 being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: The people who do these things will not have a part in God’s kingdom.

Ephesians 5:3

But there must be no sexual sin among you. There must not be any kind of evil or selfishly wanting more and more, because such things are not right for God’s holy people.

Philippians 2:3

In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.