20 Reasons People Don’t Like You


David Shannon, president of Freed-Hardeman University, spoke during the Dalraida church of Christ summer series and posed the following questions with scripture to answer them.

1. Are you a loner?

Proverbs 18:1 — Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.

2. Are you a bad listener?

Proverbs 18:13 — If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

3. Are you quick to give an opinion?

Proverbs 12:23 — A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

4. Are you argumentative?

Matthew 5:9 — “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

5. Are you unforgiving?

Proverbs 20:3 — It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

6. Do you cut someone down?

Proverbs 12:18 — There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

7. Do you explode when mad?

Proverbs 18:19 — A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

8. Are you too blunt?

Proverbs 29:11 — A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Are you two-faced?

Proverbs 10:6 — Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

13. Can you not keep a secret?

Proverbs 11:13 — Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

14. Are 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.

15. 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.

16. Are you unsympathetic?

Proverbs 25:20 — Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.

17. Do you use other people?

Proverbs 23:1 — When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you,

18. Do you have uncontrolled anger?

Proverbs 19:19 — A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.

19. Are you rude?

Proverbs 18:23 — The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

20. Do you have a critical spirit?

Proverbs 16:21 — The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

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