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Self-centeredness a Worse Enemy Than Self-Hatred

July 2, 2014

“It is ‘another gospel’ that invites us to change life around so that we relate to ourselves with an absorbing concern to enjoy our value, to others with a self-protective caution, and to God with warm appreciation for extending Himself so that we can love ourselves.

What I understand to be the biblical approach encourages us to view self-centeredness as a worse enemy than self-hatred.  It invites us to explore the riches of Christ’s value (rather than our own) by repenting of our failure to trust Him and learning to worship and serve Him because of His worth, not ours.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Understanding Who You Are, Page 8

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways do you rationalize your self-centeredness?
• As you ponder the nature of Christ, where do you feel stirred to repent?
• What draws you to worship?

One Comment
  1. Joe Hardenbrook permalink

    Again the paradox of the Gospel! A necessary tension between loving ourselves in the new way of directing attention to God instead of ourself.

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