How Can I Be More Compassionate and Less Self-Centered?

In Jesus' teaching of His disciples, one of the things they learned was how to become more outward in their thinking and behavior, and less “full of themselves.” 

“A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:7-9, NIV).

Principle: You reap what you sow.

Read each grouping of passages and then state a principle for life that the grouping suggests:

●“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).1

●“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6).


In practical terms, what does this mean to you?

●“As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).

●“God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7, NASB)


In practical terms, what does this mean to you?

 “Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:47-49).


In practical terms, what does this mean to you?

One of the more familiar terms in the Christian world is “spiritual disciplines.” The apostle Paul provided the language for this when he wrote: “Everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown” (1 Cor. 9:25).

What does this say to you about your spiritual life?

Here are a few spiritual practices people sometimes call “spiritual disciplines.” Consider prayerfully what role they play in your life.

●Prayer and meditation

●Scripture reading and meditation


Here are some other Christian practices Christian writers cite:

●The practice of slowing

●The practice of servanthood

●The practice of confession

●The practice of secrecy

●The experience of suffering2

  1. Unless otherwise noted, all scriptural references are from The New King James Version of the Bible.
  2. Adapted with permission from the iFollow Discipleship Resource, ©North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

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