The Human Condition
I have been thinking about our 'condition'. The Bible says we were born into sin, and that is the natural nature of these earthly bodies. All sins are rooted in self preservation and putting ourselves before others.
Looking at my innocent beautiful two year old, is she a sinner? My daughter doesn't do anything 'listed' in the Bible that is called out as a sin. Sin is such a harsh word, and makes me thing of really bad behavior. When I ask her to do something, and she doesn't. I don't see it as her disobeying me, she is two for crying out loud. What I really see is her struggle to want to do something, and when I ask her not to, her wants can't always agree with what I'm asking (and that leads to a melt down).
When I look at my daughter, what sin is in her nature? She is not predispositioned to murder or greed or lust. It amazes me the love, joy and curiosity that springs from her heart everyday. Her only sin that I can see right now is .... selfishness. She is wholly self centered. We all fall under the same sin, and when we accept Christ in our lives, he changes that...slowly. Over time I have become more loving and I can see the changes in my heart. It is slow and steady, ever getting better.
Christ has commanded his followers to LOVE. We are to be selfless - that is what happens when we follow Christ we focus and turn towards him and not ourselves.
The opposite of love is selfishness. It takes time to learn this truth. 1 John talks of love, and how God loves us, and because of this amazing love we should love others. I've highlighted love and it's interesting to read it with the word unselfish replaced for love.
1 John 4:7-12
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.