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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Contrasting 8 Narcissist Problems and 8 Christian Attitudes

8 selfish attitudes, Christian attitudes, James 1:22-25
Our culture is devolving, taking on more and more narcissistic* characteristics. 

This is partly due to dis-proven self-esteem philosophies, and partly due to man's tendency to resist God's ways.

Below are 8 narcissistic characteristics and
✤ 8 Christian characteristics with Scripture. 

It's good to periodically examine ourselves and let God's Word correct us (James 1:22-252 Timothy 3:16-17). 


1. The narcissist refuses criticism.
✤ The Christian listens and heeds constructive criticism - Proverbs 15:31.

2. The narcissist uses people.
✤ The Christian considers others better than himself - Philippians 2:1-4.

3. The narcissist exaggerates her importance, achievements and talents.
✤ The Christian has a realistic view of herself (Romans 12:3).

4. The narcissist expects special consideration.
✤ The Christian focuses on treating others considerately (Romans 12:10). 

5. The narcissist requires constant attention.
✤ The Christian draws attention to God, not self (Psalm 103). 
See also: Self Esteem or God Esteem 

6. The narcissist is often jealous.
✤ The Christian rejoices when others succeed (Romans 12:15).

7. The narcissist disregards people's feelings, lacks empathy.
✤ The Christian treats others as he wants to be treated (Matthew 7:12).  

8. The narcissist is obsessively selfish.
✤ The Christian denies himself (Matthew 16:24). 

See also: Accepting Correction Collection
source: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Avoiding selfishness, avoiding narcissism
1. Here's a Bible list of Narcissist qualities:
2 Timothy 3:1-5: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.  

2. We must sincerely, deliberately, proactively seek to recognize and overcome our narcissistic tendencies, especially when they are so prevalent and accepted in our culture.

Jeremiah 17: 9-10:The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”  

Proverbs 28:26: Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.

copyright 2015, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com 
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted 
* "Narcissism is a less extreme version of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Narcissism involves cockiness, manipulativeness, selfishness, power motives, and vanity-a love of mirrors. Related personality traits include: Psychopathy, Machiavellianism. Narcissists tend to have high self-esteem." (google definition) 

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