Friday, August 3, 2007

How would they know? II

There seems to be a lot of folks taking on-line personality tests these days. Many take them as I did, just for fun. Others may genuinely be interested in how they present themselves or how they are perceived. Still others may be seeking suggestions for changing unwanted personality traits.

Truthful answers are required for correct analysis. If a person’s evaluation of himself is skewed then the results of the personality test will be invalid. Often taking more than one type of test will yield better results.

Actually, you can put a label on your personality by simply asking another person to state their observations of you. What do they see when they look at you? What do they hear when they are listening to you? How do they feel when they are in your presence?

Much of what they will share will be based on external actions. Externals can be manipulated to suit the occasion. Stressful situations will often bring out the true condition of the heart. Personality is influenced by character and character by one's relationship with Christ.

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Matthew 7:17, 18 KJV

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” Matthew 12:35 KJV

“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become the servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:21, 22 KJV

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17, 18 KJV

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22, 23 KJV


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Sista Cala said...

Thanks danielle b. I have always appreciated it when someone let me know that my slip was showing.

Stephanie said...

I did the personality test and found it was very interesting that it scored VERY different from any other similar test I have ever taken. It really accentuated my negative qualities (such as mistrust of others, control, etc). It wasn't until reading your post just now that I realized that it scored this way because of my state of mind when I did the personality test... I did it mainly to create a diversion from the hard place I've been at this week. And it really showed up!! I pray that I will choose the Fruit of the Spirit today, and positively affect those around me!

preacherman said...

Exellent post.
God bless you sista.

C. H. Green said...

I thought it interesting that Bro. McClure preached on some of the same things you have been posting on--pruning and studying to show yourself approved--working out your own salvation....and bearing fruit. You're hitting home girl.

Anonymous said...

good post.

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