Friday, 04 April 2008 16:00
The class took some time talking about why we need to be unselfish in our relationship and willingly practice self denial. One expressed that most doubts between us and God, are when we focus on ourselves. It is better to think about others. Thinking about ourselves will make us more depressed.
Additionally, we must consider that being self-centered will take us away from God. It is easy to fall into thinking about ourselves. We must break the cycle of selfishness because the benefits are far outweighed. We were born with selfish tendencies, but we have to yield ourselves to God to overcome them. He wants us to get out of that behavior. Mother taught: as soon as your eyes open each morning, pray for God's will to be done in your life that day.
Self-denial is essential in a relationship with God. Why do people have such a problem? The world will not be faithful because it takes self-denial. A relationship encompasses "being true". They must be faithful from the start. The world doesn't understand how from the heart to be faithful in their relationships with one other, so they also don't know how to have a true relationship with God. Sin breaks the relationship with God. When you don't deny yourself sin, you are being unfaithful to God.
It must also be emphasized that we must be willing to put forth the time to develop our relationship with God. The world views God as someone that gives us things. The world focuses on receiving things from God as a reason to serve him.
One way to "sum it up" is to state that, in general, there is a common need to release selfishness. Relationships are focused to much around self and "what's in it for me."
One brother summed it up this way: "God is not a vacuum cleaner to pull out and use only when we want him to come and clean up our messes."