Altruism: (noun)- the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others
I was sitting in Psychology Class the other day, and we were discussing social behavior. I’m not going to lie, I was a little tired that day, so my attention span was... mediocre. However, once my teacher mentioned this principle, it grabbed my focus. I learned that from a psychological perspective, there was active debate as to if anyone can truly be unselfish without seeking reward. That sparked a meditation in me as the Holy Spirit brought to my memory a few scriptures.
One of the reasons why I began this article with a definition is because I believe we, as a body of believers, dishonor the power of a definition. We play with words and entertain phrases we haven’t taken extensive time to understand. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:7 that wisdom is the principle thing, so get wisdom; and in our getting, get understanding. Where definition is absent, deception is present. I digress...
The popular narrative amongst the human race is that we are performance based. In other words, our displays of affection, work ethic, etc are for the purpose of expecting something in return. What many people, including believers, don’t UNDERSTAND, is that there’s a Love out there that we can’t earn or obtain through successful production. There’s a Love that preceded anything humans have thought, said, or done. The Bible says we are able to Love God because He FIRST loved us (1 John 4:19).
What does all of that have to do with this topic? Well, it’s this Love that, if we submit to it, can drive our speech, gestured, and conduct. This topic of “altruism” is obtainable if we drink from the well that never runs out. Those psychologists were partially right... we can’t NATURALLY be unselfish without disregarding our needs. God’s Love... is SUPERNATURAL. I encourage you to study these couple verses & allow it to transform your heart posture and, subsequently, your pattern of thinking: