Monday, March 14, 2011

Proud or Humble- What a Challenge!

I read this and thought it was worth posting.
How challenging and thought provoking!


Proud People:
Focus on the failures of others
A critical spirit , fault finding
Independent, self sufficient spirit
Have to prove they are right
Claims rights; have a demanding spirit
Self protective of their time, rights, and reputation
Desire to be served
Desire to be a success
Desire self advancement
Have a drive to be recognized and appreciated
Wounded when they are overlooked
Think of what they can do for God
Feel confident in how much they know
Self conscious
Keep others at arms length
Quick to blame others
Defensive when criticized
Work to protect their own image and reputation
Do not want others to find out about their sin
Have a hard time saying, “I was wrong, please forgive me.”
Tend to deal in generalities when confessing sin
Concerned about the consequences of their sin
Sorry they got caught in their sin
Wait for other to ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding
Compare themselves to others and feel worthy of honor
Blind to their true heart condition
Don’t think they have anything to repent of
Don’t think they need revival, but everyone else does.

Humble People:

Sense their spiritual need
Can forgive much
Esteem others better than self
Recognize their need for others
Yield the right to be right, Meek in spirit
Motivated to serve others
Makes others a success
Desires to promote others
Thrilled God would use them at all
Rejoice when others get lifted up
Know they have nothing to offer God
Humbled by how much they have to learn
Not concerned with self at all
Takes the risk to love
Accept personal responsibility when wrong
Open and humble
What matters is what God knows
Willing to be exposed
Quick to seek forgiveness and admit failure
Acknowledges specific sin
Grieved over the root of their sin
Genuinely repentant
Takes initiative to reconcile
Compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel desperate for His mercy
Walk in the light
Have a heart attitude of repentance
Sense their need for a fresh encounter with God.

Let this mind be in you, which was also
in Christ Jesus:
Who being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon
him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likenss of men:
And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even
the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:2-4

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