Day 5 - Spirit of Narcissism
Read 1 Corinthians 13
Relating to a narcissistic person is exceptionally difficult inside the body of Christ because of our core belief and desire to love one another. We teach humility and servanthood – two things the narcissist preys upon.
When people in the world lives with a narcissistic mindset, people are annoyed – but not surprised. When a person in the church manifests the narcissist characteristics, it can result in devastating blows among the flock – often causing members to walk out the doors for good.
The actions of the narcissist has crushed millions within the Kingdom. While many find healing, there are thousands who never recover. Since narcissists love status, they are often found in places of leadership which can lead to incredible misuse of power within the church.
If you have been hurt by a narcissistic leader in the past, don’t let that be reason enough to keep you from finding a body of believers who better represent the mind of Christ. Forgiveness is the key to setting you free from carrying the hurt any longer.
§ Am I willing to serve those who can give nothing in return?
§ Am I willing to listen to others without having to always insert my own thoughts and opinions?
§ Do I look at others as a rung in my ladder? Do I love with an agenda?
§ Have I been hurt by a narcissist?
§ If yes, what has that stolen from me? Have I forgiven the other person?
§ Am I in a narcissistic relationship right now? What should I do to change this situation?
§ In your opinion, how has narcissism affected the Western Church?