In a world that often glorifies self-promotion and self-centeredness, the Bible offers wisdom on avoiding being narcissistic. At its core, narcissism is an excessive focus on oneself while ignoring the needs of others.
The Bible teaches us to forgive. But how could that change anything?
Colossians 3:13 reminds us, "Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." (NLT)
Forgiveness fosters humility and prevents bitterness. It liberates both the forgiver and the forgiven and allows them to be free from the anger and jealousy that often accompany selfishness and narcissism. We release the burden of resentment and anger that can weigh us and them down. We open the door to healing and reconciliation, mending broken relationships, and restoring peace within ourselves and others.
When we forgive others, we share the divine love and mercy we have received from Jesus.
Colossians 3:13 challenges us to transcend our human tendencies to hold grudges and seek vengeance, to think of others instead of ourselves.
Dear Jesus, help me forgive others who have offended me and release those who will offend me today. AMEN