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Thursday, January 26, 2012

This quote by Nancy Leigh Demoss is perfect to explain the first and second Beatitudes.

(Robin Sampson posted this on FB today)
Proud people focus on the failures of others and can readily point out those faults.
Broken people are more conscious of their own spiritual need than of anyone else’s.
Proud people have a critical, fault-finding spirit. They look at everyone else’s faults with a microscope but view their own with a telescope.
Broken people are compassionate – they have the kind of love that overlooks a multitude of sins; they can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven.
Proud people claim rights and have a demanding spirit.
Broken people yield their rights and have a meek spirit.
Proud people are self-protective of their time, their rights, and their reputation.
Broken people are self-denying and self-sacrificing.
Proud people desire to be served – they want life to revolve around them and their own needs.
Broken people are motivated to serve others and to be sure others’ needs are met before their own.
Proud people get wounded when others are promoted and they are overlooked.
Broken people are eager for others to get the credit, and they rejoice when others are lifted up.
Proud people are self-conscious; they worry about what others think of them.
Broken people are not preoccupied with what others think of them.
Proud people are concerned with appearing respectable; they are driven to protect their image and reputation.
Broken people are concerned with being real; they care less about what others think than about what God knows – they are willing to die to their own reputation.
Proud people keep others at arm’s length.
Broken people are willing to take the risks of getting close to others and loving intimately.
Proud people wait for others to come and ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding or a breach in a relationship.
Broken people take the initiative to be reconciled, no matter how wrong the other party may have been.
Proud people have a hard time saying, “I was wrong, will you forgive me?”
Broken people are quick to admit their failure and to seek forgiveness when necessary.
Proud people compare themselves with others and feel worthy of respect.
Broken people compare themselves with the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy.
Proud people don’t think they need revival, but they are sure everyone else does. (In fact, right about now they are making a mental list of the people they think need to read this book!)
Broken people continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God and a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit.
(Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Brokenness: The Heart God Revives.)

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