The Fifty Fruits of Pride Revisited

November 7, 2009

50 fruits of pride

1. I tend to be self sufficient in the way I live my life. I don’t live with a
constant awareness that my every breath is dependent upon the will of God. I tend to think I have enough strength, ability and wisdom to live and manage my life. My practice of the spiritual disciplines in inconsistent and superficial. I don’t like to ask others for help.

2. I am often anxious about my life and the future. I tend not to trust God and
rarely experience his abiding and transcendent peace in my soul. I have a hard time sleeping at night because of fearful thoughts and burdens I carry.

3. I am overly self-conscious. I tend to replay in my mind how I did, what I
said, how I am coming across to others, etc. I am very concerned about what people think of me. I think about these things constantly.

4. I fear man more than God. I am afraid of others and make decisions about what I will say or do based upon this fear. I am afraid to take a stand for
things that are right. I am concerned with how people will react to me or
perceive my actions or words. I don’t often think about God’s opinion in a
matter and rarely think there could be consequences for disobeying him. I
primarily seek the approval of man and not of God.

5. I often feel insecure. I don’t want to try new things or step out into
uncomfortable situations because I’m afraid I’ll fail or look foolish. I am
easily embarrassed.

6. I regularly compare myself to others. I am performance oriented. I feel that
I have greater worth if I do well.

7. I am self-critical. I tend to be a perfectionist. I can’t stand for little things to be wrong because they reflect poorly on me. I have a hard time putting my mistakes behind me.

8. I desire to receive credit and recognition for what I do . I like people to see what I do and let me know that they noticed. I feel hurt or offended when they don’t. I am overly concerned about my reputation and hate being
misunderstood.

9. I want people to be impressed with me. I like to make my accomplishments
known.

10. I tend to be deceptive about myself. I find myself lying to preserve my
reputation. I find myself hiding the truth about myself, especially about sins,
weaknesses, etc. I don’t want people to know who I really am.

11. I am selfishly ambitious. I really want to get ahead. I like having a position or title. I far prefer leading to following.

12. I am overly competitive. I always want to win or come out on top and it
bothers me when I don’t.

13. I like to be the center of attention and will say or do things to draw attention to myself.

14. I like to talk, especially about myself or persons or things I am involved with. I want people to know what I am doing or thinking. I would rather speak than listen. I have a hard time being succinct.

15. I am self-serving. When asked to do something, I find myself asking, “How will doing this help me, or will I be inconvenienced?”

16. I am not very excited about seeing or making others successful. I tend to
feel envious, jealous or critical towards those who are doing well or being
honored.

17. I feel special or superior because of what I have or do. For example:
*my house
*my neighborhood
*my physical giftings
*my spiritual giftings
*my intellect or education
*being a Christian
*my position or job
*my car
*my salary
*my looks

18. I think highly of myself. In relation to others I typically see myself as more
mature and more gifted. In most situations, I have more to offer than others even though I may not say so. I don’t consider myself average or ordinary.

19. I tend to give myself credit for who I am and what I accomplish. I only
occasionally think about or recognize that all that I am or have comes from
God.

20. I tend to be self-righteous. I can think that I really have something to offer
God. I would never say so, but I think God did well to save me. I seldom think
about or recognize my complete depravity and helplessness apart from God. I regularly focus on the sins of others. I don’t credit God for any degree of holiness in my life.

21. I feel deserving. I think I deserve what I have. In fact, I think I ought to
have more considering how well I have lived or in light of all I have done.

22. I often feel ungrateful. I tend to grumble about what I have or my lot in life.

23. I find myself wallowing in self-pity. I am consumed with how I am treated by
God and others. I tend to feel mistreated or misunderstood. I seldom
recognize or sympathize with what’s going on with others around me because I feel that I have it worse than they do.

24. I can be jealous or envious of others abilities, possessions, positions, or accomplishments. I want to be what others are or want to have what others
have. I am envious of what others have thinking that I should have it or
deserve it. I find it hard to rejoice with others when they are blessed by God.

25. I am pretty insensitive to others. I feel that some people just aren’t worth
caring about. I have a hard time showing compassion.

26. I have a know-it-all attitude. I am impressed by my own knowledge. I feel
like there isn’t much I can learn from other people, especially those less
mature than me.

27. I have a hard time listening to ordinary people. I listen better to those I
respect or people I want to leave with a good impression. I don’t honestly
listen when someone else is speaking because I am usually planning what I am going to say next.

28. I like to reveal my own mind. I have an answer for practically every situation. I feel compelled to balance everyone else out.

29. I interrupt people regularly. I don’t let people finish what they are saying.

30. I feel compelled to stop people when they start to share something with me I already know.

31. I find it hard to admit it when I don’t know something. When someone asks
me something I don’t know, I will make up an answer rather than admit I don’t
know.

32. I don’t get much out of teaching. I tend to evaluate a speaker rather than
my own life. I grumble in my heart about hearing something a second time.

33. I listen to teaching with other people in mind. I constantly think of those folks who need to hear the teaching and wish they were here.

34. I’m not very open to input. I don’t pursue correction for my life. I tend to
be unteachable and slow to repent when corrected. I don’t really see
correction as a positive thing. I am offended when people probe the
motivations of my heart or seek to adjust me.

35. I have a hard time admitting that I am wrong. I find myself covering up or
excusing my sins. It is hard for me to confess my sins to others or to ask for
forgiveness.

36. I view correction as an intrusion into my privacy rather than an instrument of
God for my welfare. I can’t identify anyone who would feel welcome to correct me.

37. I resent people who attempt to correct me. I don’t respond with gratefulness and sincere appreciation for their input. Instead I am tempted to accuse them and dwell on their faults. I get bitter and withdraw.

38. When corrected, I become contentious and argumentative. I don’t take people’s observations seriously. I minimize and make excuses or give
explanations.

39. I am easily angered and offended. I don’t like being crossed or disagreed
with. I find myself thinking, “I can’t believe they did that to me.” I often
feel wronged.

40. I have ‘personality conflicts’ with others. I have a hard time getting along
with certain kinds of people. People regularly tell me that they struggle with
me.

41. I am self-willed and stubborn. I have a hard time cooperating with others. I really prefer my own way and often insist on getting it.

42. I am independent and uncommitted. I don’t really see why I need other
people. I can easily separate myself from others. I don’t get much out of the
small group meetings.

43. I am unaccountable. I don’t ask others to hold me responsible to follow
through on my commitments. I don’t really need accountability for my words
and actions. I think I can take care of myself.

44. I am unsubmissive. I don’t like being under the authority of another person. I don’t see submission as a good and necessary provision from God for my life. I have a hard time supporting and serving those over me. I don’t ‘look up’ to people and I like to be in charge. Other people may need leaders but I don’t. It is important that my voice is heard.

45. I lack respect for other people. I don’t think very highly of most people. I
have a hard time encouraging and honoring others unless they really do
something great.

46. I am a slanderer. I find myself either giving or receiving evil reports about others. Often times the things I say or hear are true about other people. I am not concerned about the effect of slander on me because of my maturity level. I think I can handle it. I only share will others the things I really think they need to know. I don’t tell all.

47. I am divisive. I tend to resist or resent authority. I don’t like other people to give me orders or directions.

48. I like to demean or put others down. I often think people need to be adjusted and put in their place. This includes leaders. Other people need to be more humble and have a ‘sober’ assessment of themselves.

49. I tend to be critical of others. I find myself feeling or talking negatively
about people. I subtlety feel better about myself when I see how bad someone else is. I find it far easier to evaluate than to encourage someone else.

50. I really appreciate somebody taking the time to put this paper together. It
will really be a big help to my friends and family. However, I don’t really need
this because I think I’m pretty humble already.

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