Proud, Unbroken People

…focus on the
failures of others, while broken people are overwhelmed with a sense of their
own spiritual need.

…have a
critical, fault-finding spirit, while broken people are forgiving and look for
the best in others.

…look down on
others, while broken people esteem others as better than themselves.

…have an
independent and self-sufficient spirit, while broken people recognize their
need for others.

…say it must
be my way, while broken people surrender control.

…have to
prove they are right, while broken people yield the right to be right.

…claim their
rights, while broken people yield their rights.

…have a
demanding spirit, while broken people have a giving spirit.

…are
self-protective of time, rights, and reputation, while broken people are
self-denying.

…desire to be
served, while broken people are motivated to serve others.

…desire to be
a success, while broken people desire to be faithful to make others a success.

…are driven
to be appreciated, while broken people are eager for others to get the credit.

…are wounded
when others are promoted, while broken people rejoice when others are lifted
up.

…think of
what they can do for God, while broken people know that they have nothing to
offer God.

…feel
confident in how much they know, while broken people are humbled by how much
they have to learn.

…are
self-conscious, while broken people are not concerned with self at all.

…keep people
at arm’s length, while broken people risk getting close to others.

…are quick to
blame others, while broken people accept personal responsibility.

…are
unapproachable, while broken people may be entreated.

…are
defensive when criticized, while broken people receive criticism with a humble,
open heart.

…are
concerned with being respectable, while broken people are concerned with being
real.

…are
concerned about what others think, while broken people are concerned with what
God knows.

…work to
maintain their image, while broken people die to their own reputation.

…find it
difficult to share their needs with others, while broken people are willing to
be open with others.

…want to be
sure no one finds out about their sin, while broken people are willing to be
honest about their sin.

…have a hard
time saying “I was wrong, please forgive me,” while broken people admit failure
and seek forgiveness.

…when
confessing, deal in generalities, while broken people deal in specifics.

…are
concerned about the consequences of their sin, while broken people are grieved
over the root of their sin.

…are
remorseful over getting caught in their sin, while broken people forsake their
sin.

…wait for the
other to come to them, while broken people take the initiative to be
reconciled.

…compare
themselves with others and feel deserving of honor, while broken people feel a
desperate need for mercy.

…are blind to
their true heart condition, while broken people walk in the light.

…don’t think
they need revival, while broken people see their need for a fresh encounter
with God.

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