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