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591st -- What Is Egotism


We should never have the attitude of pride or arrogance and think of
ourselves more highly than we ought to. We are to be humble and gracious
lifting others up where their self-image is reinforced with our positive 
words of affirmation. The Bible declares in Romans 12:3 “For I say, through
the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of 
himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according
as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Be encouraged to do
unto others as you would have them do unto you and have the right spirit 
within yourself knowing God will be well pleased with how you treated your
fellow man. (Philippians 2:1-3) (Luke 6:30-31) (Psalm 51:10-13) (1 John 4:20)

I hope today's message ministers to your heart to always be gracious and
loving towards everyone you come into contact with.


The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success
as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and
wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist.

Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they 
seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was Prime Minister
apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply
one of a revered master and respectful student.

One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, “Your
Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?” The master's face turned
red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back,
“What kind of stupid question is that!?”

This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became 
sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, “This, Your 
Excellency, is egotism.”

Author Unknown

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is 
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another 
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”

Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember
them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity
as being yourselves also in the body.”

Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says,
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your
heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their 
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Romans 12:17-21 “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest
in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live
peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather
give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay,
saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, 
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THINGS TO FORGET
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem141.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: THE WANDERER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony181.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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