30 Important Bible Verses About Selflessness

Selflessness is a virtue highly regarded in the Bible. Through acts of kindness and sacrifice, we emulate the love of Christ. Here are verses that illuminate the beauty of selflessness.

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Bible Verses About Selflessness

Matthew 16:24 – Denying Self and Following Jesus

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Philippians 2:3-4 – Putting Others Before Self

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Galatians 5:13 – Serving One Another

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Mark 10:45 – The Example of Jesus

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

1 Peter 4:10 – Using God-Given Gifts

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

James 1:27 – Caring for Orphans and Widows

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

1 Corinthians 10:24 – Seeking the Good of Others

“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

Proverbs 11:25 – Generosity Blesses Others

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

Romans 12:10 – Honoring One Another

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

John 15:13 – Sacrificial Love

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Luke 6:38 – Giving Freely

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Ephesians 5:21 – Submitting to One Another

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Matthew 20:28 – Serving Others

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Hebrews 13:16 – Sharing with Others

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

1 Timothy 5:8 – Providing for Family

“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

Acts 20:35 – Giving to the Needy

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “

Romans 15:1-2 – Building Up Others

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Giving Cheerfully

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Luke 14:12-14 – Inviting the Needy

“Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Romans 15:7 – Accepting One Another

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

Galatians 6:2 – Bearing One Another’s Burdens

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Encouraging One Another

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Colossians 3:12-13 – Bearing with One Another

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 – Encouraging Fellowship

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

1 John 3:17-18 – Meeting the Needs of Others

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Romans 12:16 – Living in Harmony with Others

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”

Proverbs 14:21 – Showing Mercy to the Poor

“Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.”

Matthew 25:40 – Serving Jesus through Serving Others

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Philippians 2:5 – Having the Attitude of Christ

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:23-24 – Working for the Lord

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Proverbs 19:17 – Showing Kindness to the Poor

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”

1 John 4:11 – Loved by God, Loving Others

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Proverbs 22:9 – Generously Blessing Others

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

Mark 9:35 – The Servant of All

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Matthew 6:1-4 – Giving in Secret

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

2 Corinthians 8:9 – Jesus’ Example of Sacrifice

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

Romans 13:10 – Love Fulfills the Law

“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Hebrews 6:10 – God’s Justice

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

John 13:34-35 – Love One Another

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Romans 13:8 – Owe No Debt

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”

Proverbs 19:22 – What is Desired in a Person

“What a person desires is unfailing love.”

1 Peter 3:8 – Being Like-Minded and Showing Empathy

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – The Characteristics of Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

1 John 4:7 – Born of God’s Love

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

Proverbs 11:24-25 – Generosity and Prosperity

“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

1 John 4:20-21 – Loving God and Neighbor

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

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