CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SELF-LIFE
Christian, Do You Harbor Any Of These Unchristian Characteristics?
- A secret spirit of pride or an
exalted feeling of yourself in view of your success or position.
Taking pride of your good training, appearance or your natural
gifts and abilities. Entertain a
self-reliant, independent spirit? Prov. 16:18, 20:6; Rom.
12:3; James 4:6-8.
- Love of human praise; a secret fondness
and desire to be noticed; love of supremacy; drawing
attention to self in conversation, appearance, or conduct; a
swelling out of self when you have a special open door in public
speaking or praying? Jn. 5:44, 12:42-43; 1 Cor. 13:4.
- The stirrings of anger or impatience at
others which you piously call “nervousness” or “holy
indignation”; a touchy, sensitive spirit; a disposition to resent
and retaliate when disapproved of, corrected, or contradicted; a
desire to throw sharp, heated remarks at another; a defensive,
vindictive, critical spirit? Psalms 37:8; Eccl. 7:9; Luke
21:19; James 1:19: Rom. 5:3.
- Self-will; a stubborn, unteachable
spirit; an arguing, talkative spirit; harsh, sarcastic
expressions; an unyielding, headstrong disposition; refusing
or grudgingly admitting wrong; a driving, commanding spirit;
a disposition to criticize and pick flaws at others when you are
set aside and unnoticed; a peevish, fretful spirit; a disposition
that loves to be coaxed and humored? Deut. 1:43; Mal. 2:2; James
3:17; 2 Peter 2:10.
- Carnal fear; a man-fearing spirit;
fear of losing worldly, carnal things;a secret fear of speaking
for or being associated with Christ and His word; a
shrinking from reproach and duty; reasoning around your cross;
a shrinking from doing your whole duty to those of wealth or
position or poor and needy; a fearfulness that someone will offend
and drive some prominent person away; an undue compromising
spirit? 1 Sam. 15:24; Prov. 29:25; Gal. 2:12; 1 John 4:18.
- A jealous disposition; a secret envy
in your heart; an unpleasant sensation in view of the
prosperity and success of others; a disposition to speak of
the faults and failings rather that the gifts and virtues
of those more talented and appreciated than yourself? Gen.
26:12-16; 1 Sam. 18:8-9; Prov. 6:34, 14:30; Mt. 21:15; Rom.
- A dishonest and deceitful disposition; the
evading and covering of the truth; the covering up of your
real faults; leaving a better impression of yourself than is
strictly true; false humility; exaggeration, straining the
truth;blaming others alone while you share the blame? Ps.
15:2-3; Isa. 29:13; Jer. 17:9; Mt. 23:28; Lk. 22:48; Acts 5:2-3; 1
- Unbelief; a spirit of discouragement
in times of pressure and opposition; lack of quietness and
confidence in God; lack of faith and trust in God;a disposition to
worry and complain in the midst of pain, poverty, or at the
dispensations of divine Providence; an overanxious feeling
whether everything will come out all right? Is. 7:9; Lk. 12:28-30;
1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 5:6; Heb. 11:6; 1 Pet.5:7.
- Formality and deadness; lack of
compassion and concern for lost souls; dryness and
indifference; lack of zeal and power with God? Mt. 15:14;
2 Tim. 3:5; Rev. 2:4, 3:1.
- Selfishness; love of ease; love of money; love
of your own time; value yourself above others; a secret
desire for worldly things and ways? Lk. 12:19-21; 1 Tim. 6:10-11;
"Search me, O God, and know
my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any
wicked way in me..." Psalms 139:23-24