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6 Character Traits of Christians Who Overcome Selfishness

6 Character Traits of Christians Who Overcome Selfishness
Ever since Satan tempted Eve, mankind has been fighting to be God. And that influence manages to find its way even into our Christian thinking.

When I scroll through "Christian posts" on Pinterest or visit popular Christian websites, I'm regularly disappointed by messages emphasizing our significance and our feelings instead of God's.

Unfortunately, it is a sign of our times as more and more people are behaving like neo-narcissists* who:

1. Boast about their gifts.
2. Refuse to confess mistakes and certainly won't confess sins.
3. Have no respect for age or experience.
4. Value externals more than character.
5. Blame-shift. 
6. Compromise moral values.

    Neo-narcissists are often self-assured, self-content, and self-confident.

    But God is looking for people who:

    1. "Boast" about knowing Him (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
    2. Listen to experience and correction (Proverbs 15:32).
    3. Honestly confess their sins (1 John 1:9).
    4. Value character (Galatians 5:16-17).
    5. Take personal responsibility, repenting of sin (1 John 1:9-10).
    6. Refuse to conform to our culture (Romans 12:2).

      These people are God-assured, God-content, God-confident.

      It's hard to be this kind of person when surrounded by neo-narcissists, but that's the kind of person God is looking for and the kind I want to be. 

      How about you?
      * There's a wide range of narcissism according to modern psychology - read more HERE. What I'm calling "neo-narcissism" is the increasingly prevalent selfishness in our self-esteem culture.

      6 Character Traits of Christians Who Overcome Selfishness

      10 comments:

      1. Amen . Great post. Could this happen to Christians as well?

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        1. Yes, C.D., I fear that there are many neo-narcissists among Christians as well - another reason it can be difficult to identify such characteristics in ourselves. But with God's help we can!

          Gail

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      2. Amen , Thank you Gail Happy Blessed & Healthy & Prosperous New Year

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        1. I wish you a wonderful 2016 as well. I know God has all sorts of things planned for us all!
          Gail

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      3. I so enjoy your One Minute devos. You are a tremendous blessing to me and I mean to tell you more often. I'm sure that many others get blessed by the Lord through you as well and never tell you. THANK YOU for shining the light of Christ so beautifully and boldly!

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        1. Thank you, Michele. It encourages me to know that Bible Love Notes is a blessing to you.
          Please pray that I will be faithful to write what God wants me to write.
          God bless you!
          Gail

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      4. Hi Gail, great reminder at the beginning of the year to put Christ first in ALL things. God bless
        Tracy

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        1. Thanks, Tracy.
          May God bless you with a wonderful 2016!
          Gail

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      5. Hi Gail, I know this post is over a year old, but it continues to be prevalent still to this day. I am grateful that I have the ability to study God's word through Precept bible study nearly every day. I also have a wonderful pastor that teaches God's truth, whether we like the truth or not :) If you have time, you can watch one of our sermons at crossroadschurch.net. Right now we are going through a series called Friction. We are going through the book of Daniel. Hope you have a blessed day.

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      6. a very powerful lesson for us all, Gail!

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