The Opposite Of Narcissism Is Love – Intro

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails…….

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We would normally think that the opposite of narcissism / insolent pride is humility – which is true.  But, insolent pride is also the opposite of genuine love.   According to the verses above, love

  • Is kind
  • Is not jealous
  • Does not brag
  • Is not arrogant
  • Does not seek its own
  • Is not provoked
  • Does not take into account a wrong suffered

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These are the polar opposites of the traits shown by narcissists.   As we will discuss going forward, the contrast between narcissism and genuine love is fundamental to helping us understand:

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  • the real (eternal) consequences which narcissists have chosen for themselves
  • why God allows them to wreak havoc
  • how God wants us to respond and deal with them
  • why it is important that we look at our own hearts even while we are struggling with the N in our lives

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  • Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls insolent pride – see here

 

One response

  1. Hello I am in need of help I am confused as to what to do I have only realised my narcissistic ways but it seems it is being revealed to me at the time it is too late to do anything because anything and everything I do feels very wrong and that it is adding to my sin. It is a place of eternal torment already while I am still alive I am suffering immensely a young girl but do not mistake that with the ways I conducted myself I have been confused but it does not change what has happened and now my eternal punishment. I do not know what to do I feel so much for the people I have hurt but it feels that my soul needs to be renewed to come to love but my heart is hardened and continues to be hardened and nowhere to turn. What can one do. Thank you your website is spot on. Gosh I pray for healing but it seems that prayers cannot help me now what do I do? Can I please be renewed.

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