3.1. Study Material

Précis:    To help you recognize yourself; evaluate your personality and character; discover who you are.

Text: Romans 14:1-13

Introduction:

How would you identify yourself to someone whom you had never seen before? If someone were asked to pick you up at the airport, how would they recognize you? You would probably describe your physical features as tall or short, thin or heavy-set, fair skinned with blond hair or some other predominant feature. You might wear a yellow rose in your left lapel or hold up a large sign with your name on it. A quick identification can best be made visually. However, there is much more to a person than physical features. Seldom are characteristics such as motivation, value systems, disposition, goal orientation, intelligence, knowledge, experience, tastes, customs and traditions considered. These are the qualities which identify the real you. They make each one of us as rich and variegated in color as an autumn sunset.

Differences in personality and character make an enormous contribution to misunderstanding and interpersonal conflict. Marriages have been dissolved, churches have been split and business forced into bankruptcy over such minor things as personality differences and personal differences. It is a human characteristic to see ourselves as the norm against which we judge everyone else. Personal feelings, attitudes and  preferences become priority and personal judgment becomes the criteria for life. It is evident that a standard is needed which offers more accuracy than personal whims. The Scottish poet Robert Burns, summarized this well then he penned; Oh that God, the grace would give us, to see ourselves as others see us. The Scripture makes the point in no uncertain terms when Solomon declared; The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. (Prov. 11:15)

     Without making any reference to your

physical features, how would you identify yourself?

It takes all kinds of people to make a world. Sadly, a lot of them won’t help.

Personality has the power to open many doors, but only character can keep them open. – Megiddo Message

Twixt the optimist and the pessimist the difference is droll: The optimist sees the doughnut, while the pessimist sees the hole.”  – Anonymous

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Lesson:                              Who In The World Am I? 

3.1    Subjective Personality And Character Evaluation

Average, 1-Slightly,  1-Noticeably, 3-Distinctly, 4-Extremely, 5-Excessively

1.  Reserved                      4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Outgoing

Aloof, reticent                                                 Extroverted, affable

2.  Concrete               4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Abstract   

Tangible, physical                                           Imaginative, fanciful

3.  Ambivalent                 4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Stable

Indecisive, dubious                                               Constant, reliable

4.  Accommodating      4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Assertive 

Obliging, complying                                                 Outspoken, bossy

5.  Sedate                             4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Enthusiastic   

Calm, impassive                                             Spirited, rhapsodic

6. Timid                           4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Bold   

Reticent, restrained                                                 Fearless, intrepid

7.  Tough              4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Sensitive   

Callous, hard, firm                                               Responsive, tender

8.  Trusting               4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Suspicious   

Believing, naive                                           Distrustful, skeptical

9.  Practical               4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Imaginative

Pragmatic, realistic                                                 Artistic, creative

10. Unpretentious        4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Flamboyant  

Unassuming, modest                                                   Flashy, garish

11. Confident               4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Apprehensive   

Assured, secure                                             Concerned, anxious

11. Conservative          4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Liberal 

Traditional, orthodox                                            Permissive obliging

12. Compliant                 4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Independent

Acquiescent, yielding                                               Self-reliant, able

13.  Undisciplined          4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Controlled 

Unreliable, permissive                                              Level, disciplined

14. Relaxed              4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Tense

Tranquil, leisure                                               Strained, troubled

16.  Happy                      4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4            Burdened 

Cheerful, vivacious                                                 Heavy hearted

17. Contented               4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Discontented   

Satisfied, Untroubled                                           Dissatisfied, Morose

18. Enthusiastic           4         3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4             Wearied  

Spirited, ardent                                               Fatigued, Sad

19. Warm             4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4              Distant   

Cordial, friendly                                                 Impersonal, aloof

10. Amiable             4        3       2      1       A        1        2       3       4              Overbearing 

Likable, pleasant                                           Domineering, pushy