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Can self-absorption be overcome?

Submitted: 10/25/2007
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Question: Can self-absorption be overcome? Do you know of anyone who has overcome it? I am losing important people in my life because of this, and I am feeling intense panic because of it. Fearing who or what is next! Fearing my speech. Fearing my actions. Fearing myself in general. This is really scaring me. I feel trapped and helpless, with thoughts of hopelessness too.

Answer: You asked, Can self-absorption be overcome? The answer is absolutely YES. Many have overcome it. You only have to do what these Scriptures instruct all of us to do....

Matthew 16:24-25
'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself [reject his self-absorption], and take up his cross, and follow Me.25 For whoever desires to save his life [his self-absorption], will lose it, but whoever loses his life [his self-absorption], for My sake will find it [true life].'

Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

Galatians 5:13-14
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Philippians 2:3-4
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:14-15
Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation....

Colossians 3:23-25
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

1 Timothy 4:12
Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

2 Timothy 2:22
Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Peter 1:22
Love one another fervently with a pure heart.

1 Peter 2:17
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.

1 Peter 3:8-9
Be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing....

1 Peter 4:7-10
Be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins.' 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God....

1 John 3:16
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Commit yourself to these practices and all your self-absorption will vanish away. Many have overcome this vile affliction. The medicine is love and sacrificial service toward others.