Week 2 - Magnanimity // Day 5
2 Peter 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Luke 23 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
When we speak of unselfishness we generally mean a generous spirit of service that is willing to sacrifice. But not only do we act on other people; other people act on us; and selfishness in receiving other people’s actions on us is more common than refusal to serve them. Touchiness, self-pity, supersensitiveness, readiness to have one’s pride hurt and to be insulted, keeping a chip on one’s shoulder, all these are forms of selfishness. They reveal vanity, self-consciousness, a desire to be noticed and an irritable and peevish fear of being slighted. Consider the marvel of Jesus’ character in this respect as revealed in today’s passages. Test your own life by it.