We each live in a situation where it can be difficult to have a true perception of ourselves. We may wonder why we don’t have many friends. David Shannon, President of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN has a sermon with this title that lists why some people find themselves with few friends along with a Scripture for each one.
- Are you a loner?
Proverbs 18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire, he breaks out against all sound judgment.
- Are you rude?
Proverbs 18:23 The poor use entreaties but the rich answer roughly.
- Are you argumentative?
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
- Do you explode when you’re mad?
Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
- Are you a selfish person?
Proverbs 11:26 The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
- Are you unforgiving?
Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
- Do you have a critical spirit?
Proverbs 16:21 The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
- Do you make fun of people?
Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his maker, he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
- Are you inflexible and controlling?
Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
- Are you too blunt?
Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds back.
- Are you a poor listener?
Proverbs 18:3 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
- Are you two-faced?
Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
- Are you an insensitive person?
Proverbs 27:14 Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning will be counted as cursing.
- Do you have uncontrolled anger?
Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wealth will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
- Are you unsympathetic?
Proverbs 25:20 Whoever sins songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
- Are you quick to give an opinion?
Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of a fool proclaims folly.
- Do you cut people down?
Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
- Do you drop the ball?
Proverbs 10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
- Can you keep a secret?
Proverbs 11:13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
- Do you use other people?
Proverbs 23:1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you.