The Bible said in 1-Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows “. From my observation of society, how they operate, I came to the realization that the root of all kind of evil is selfishness.
Timothy also saw this, and in particular he saw it in the desire for money. The selfishness of craving for more money brings all kind of evil. Today, I have seen that not only money, but the desire to please self, brings with it many evil actions and thoughts.
Do you know that it was because of Eve selfish desire to be wiser that she disobeyed God’s commandment in the Garden of Eden? The very thought of her self-accomplishment to gain more power over the thought of being obedient to God and her husband Adam, created evil within her. That same selfish thought also came to Adam, and he too reaped the act of evil. James said “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:14-15)”. Temptation comes from our own selfish desires, which entice us and drag us away. These selfish desires give birth to sinful actions. And when this selfish desire gets stronger, sin is allowed to grow and gives birth to death.
The origin of this selfish attitude was originated in Satan. The Bible said in Ezekiel 28 starting in verse 15, report that Satan was perfect in his ways from the day he was created, until iniquity was found in him. This iniquity is selfishness, the root of all evil. The Word of God continue by saying that by the abundance of Satan’s trading he became filled with violence within, and he sinned; Therefore God cast him as a profane thing out of the mountain of God, and God destroyed him. God said Satan’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty; he corrupted his wisdom for the sake of his splendor. He defiled his sanctuaries by the multitude of his iniquities. From then until now, the root of evil tendencies – selfish desires, continue to reap havoc among society.
When the Devil came to Jesus and said “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread”, he was trying to appeal to Jesus’ accomplishment of being anointed “Son of God” at the baptism by John – the Baptist. Any thought, initiated by the Devil, which will allow you to think about what you can do of your own self, will lead to sin. Jesus, instead of falling for that trick, he pointed the power and accomplishment to God and said, “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”. Again the Devil tried to appeal to Jesus’ power and said “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” That selfish thought did not work either, so he tried again, he took Jesus to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and said “I will give it all to you if you will kneel down and worship me.” The thought of being in receipt of a gift came before the action of worshipping the Devil.
Satan tried the same thing with David (as reported in 1 Chronicles 21:1) and succeeded when he caused David to take a census of the people of Israel, to see how strong and mighty is the army David himself had put together. Again the power of selfish desires at works to create sin. Once you start thinking of what you can do or gain, if any attempt is made to please that selfish desire, the root of sin emerges.
To combat sinful desires, Jesus advises his disciples by saying, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me (Mat 16:24)”. In everything that we do, we must think of others and how to help them to see God. We must assess the situation to see if
selfish desire is in the mixture, and if so, combat the situation with thoughts of benevolence and praises to God. Don’t fall for the Devil’s trick. Situations where you find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behaviors all stems from the root of evil – Selfishness. The Bible said in Philippians 2:3-5, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Again in James 3: 14-16, it reads “But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kinds of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind”.
In Summary, selfish thoughts and actions are the root of all kind of evil. Of such we must stay away. You must always think of benevolences and praises to God. Overcome evil with good!