THE LOVE OF GOD IS NOT SELFISH BUT SELFLESS

the love of god is not selfish

Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. NKJV

The love of God poured forth within us (Romans 5:5) that we are to develop in and walk in is not selfish but selfless. There are certain truths in the Bible designed by God to help us develop in this selfless and even sacrificial love but are often neglected. There seems to be an abundant supply of teachers and teachings that are feeding people with truths that are causing them to be very self oriented and excessive in their self love. All truth from the Bible is not centered on the individual, or self, but has an “other centered,” community, or corporate aspect to it (i.e. Members of a Body; Stones in a Temple; Citizens of a Kingdom; Sheep in a Flock …). Excessive self love is defined in several fields of study as narcissism. It is a generalized personality trait characterized by egotism, vanity, conceit, or selfishness. It is having an excessive self-focus in interpersonal exchanges or being excessively selfishness and self absorbed. It is one who has a grandiose sense of self-importance, requires excessive admiration, and has a very strong sense of entitlement. The word comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a handsome Greek youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and would spend hour after hour gazing into the pool at himself.

The Bible indicates that there would be people in the Last days that fit this category when it says in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES….” I wonder if these people are not a product of the teachers and teachings of certain truths that feed into their self love to the exclusion of truths that teach of denying oneself. Could the characteristics of people in the Last Days perilous times listed in 2 Tim. 3:1-7 be related to 2 Timothy 4:1-4 which indicates that a time would come when people would not sit under sound teaching but pile up teachers who tickle their ears. These teachings cause divisions in the local church or local Body of Christ. We need to renew our minds to the truths about our identity as a part of something bigger than us individually which is the BODY OF CHRIST 1 Cor. 12:14-27.

ARE WE FEEDING PEOPLES EXCESSIVE SELF LOVE

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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