Let's Talk About Selfishness

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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1 John 3:15-17

Everyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God remain in him?



Selfishness and disregard for the needs of others was a problem in ancient times just as it is in today’s modern culture. We are called to regard and care for others as brothers and sisters. We are expected to meet the needs of others if we have the resources to do so. If we fail at this task because we do not care, the love of God cannot remain in us.


Questions to Discuss

What emotions do you experience when you see someone in need?

Have you ever refused to help someone in need? Why or why not?

Have you been refused help when in need? If so, how did you feel?

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