The Bible is full of warnings about the dangers of pride and vanity, and it's no surprise that narcissism is also condemned. Paul warns Timothy to be wary of those who act out of an attitude of “self-love”, and the Bible affirms that everything bad in this world is due to human sin. So how should Christians respond to narcissists? The chances of a narcissist changing their ways are slim, but the way to do that is through the Gospel. Narcissists often love, admire, and even idolize themselves, and this aligns with the biblical description of arrogance.
The Bible may not mention narcissism by name, but other sins of a similar nature are often condemned. If you disagree with a narcissist, they will never agree to follow the biblical principles of reconciliation. It's important to recognize that narcissists will never accept responsibility for their actions, so it's best to take a realistic approach when dealing with them. Psychologists have studied narcissism in depth, and they have identified some key traits that are common among narcissists.
These include an excessive need for admiration, a lack of empathy for others, and an inability to accept criticism. Narcissists also believe that they are God's chosen ones and that God will seriously harm all those who try to hinder them. It's important to remember that the only way to truly help a narcissist is through the Gospel. Christians should strive to show love and compassion towards narcissists, while also holding them accountable for their actions.
This can be difficult, but it is essential if we want to help them break free from their destructive behavior. Ultimately, the Bible teaches us that everything good in this world is due to the grace of God. We must remember this when dealing with narcissists, as it can help us stay focused on our ultimate goal: helping them find redemption through Jesus Christ.