2017 – TUESDAY 17 JANUARY
THE SHYLOCK SPIRIT
Shylock was a money lender who demanded unreasonable rates of interest – a character in a Shakespearean play.
The term is now used for anyone who demands unreasonable returns.
It is possible to become a Shylock by doing the following.
1. EXPECTING SOMETHING IN RETURN WHEN GIVING A GIFT.
“They didn’t even thank me for it!”
Is a common response from gift givers. If you demand recognition, or a response to your gift giving – it ceases to be a gift.
2. TURNING A GIFT INTO A FORM OF ONGOING CONTROL
Never use your gift as an opportunity to gain some from of control over others. When you do so, it ceases to be a gift and becomes a bribe.
3. HAVING UNSPOKEN CONDITIONS ON A RELATIONSHIP
When you have expectations of others as to how they should behave – your relationship changes from a gift of friendship, to controlling dominance.
4. EXPRESSING EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS AS YOUR RIGHT
Whenever you believe your rights are above the rights of others – you demean others to a lesser rank, while exalting yourself to greatness.
5. COMPLAINING OVER SERVICE RECEIVED.
The arrogance and impatience expressed when rendered service is not up to your high standards, shows one thing only – you are a Shylock – living in your own little puddle of self importance.
The Shylock spirit is clearly evident as the spirit of this world.
Jesus came to earth to break the Shylock spirit.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
1. DID NOT EXALT HIMSELF
but made Himself of no reputation,
2. ADOPTED A SERVANT ATTITUDE
taking the form of a bondservant,
3. IDENTIFIED WITH OTHERS
and coming in the likeness of men.
SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.
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