"Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:25-30 No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. Ephesians 5:29
TODAY’S VOCABULARY word: Narcissism.
Can you pick the correct definition from the three choices below?
a. a plant with smooth leaves and white, yellow, or orange flowers
b. a new religion practiced by devoted narks
c. excessive interest in one’s own appearance, importance, abilities, etc.
If you picked c, you either know your Greek mythology or you’re a good guesser. Narcissism describes someone in love with himself. A lot of people think that’s what Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:39 are all about: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Wait a minute!” some people always say. “That’s not right. We’re not supposed to love ourselves. The Bible commands us to deny self and take up our cross. Jesus said if I love my life, I will lose it. It’s like that acrostic J-O-Y: Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. Self-love is narcissism-right up there with pride and conceit, things we are to avoid.”
Wrong. Proper self-love is right for at least three big biblical reasons."
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