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A Chip On One’s Shoulder The word “chip” is figuratively used in English. “A chip off the old block,” “Let the chips fall where they may,” and, “A chip.

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1 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The word “chip” is figuratively used in English. “A chip off the old block,” “Let the chips fall where they may,” and, “A chip on one’s shoulder.” “Chip” in the latter instance is defined as, “…a disposition to quarrel” (RHCD, pg. 235).

2 A Chip On One’s Shoulder Cain appeared to have had a chip on his shoulder: “5: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6: And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7: If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Gen. 4).

3 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The “chip on the shoulder syndrome” seems to involve some predisposition occasioned by different things. It involves a mindset already in place that interprets a given action or circumstance with prejudice and a disposition to find blame. There is, as a rule, some perceived or actual comparative inferiority matter that often manifests itself in irrational anger and resentment towards others.

4 A Chip On One’s Shoulder As indicated, the chip on the shoulder problem can disrupt the unity of a local church and result in needless alienation: Philippians 4: 2; Romans 12: 16; Philippians 2: 2-7; Galatians 5:

5 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The sinner’s chip on the shoulder. 1. Cp. John 8: 41 (see vs ).

6 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The minority chip on the shoulder. 1. Cp. John 4: 7, 9.

7 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The female chip on the shoulder. 1. Cp. I Tim. 2: 12-15, I Tim. 5: 14, I Cor. 11: 3.

8 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The lack of secular education chip on the shoulder. 1. Cp. Acts 17: 17, 18.

9 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The young person chip on the shoulder. 1. Cp. Tit. 2: 6, I Tim. 4: 12, I Tim. 5: 1, 2.

10 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The older person chip on the shoulder. 1. Cp. I John 2: 13, 14.

11 A Chip On One’s Shoulder Those who are in relative poverty (cp. Mark 14: 3- 9).

12 A Chip On One’s Shoulder A chip on the shoulder complex can result in troubled relationships (Eph. 5: 22ff.).

13 A Chip On One’s Shoulder A chip on the shoulder problem can result in paranoia (cp. Prov. 28: 1).

14 A Chip On One’s Shoulder A chip on the shoulder promotes slavery and addiction (cp. 2 Pet. 2: 19).

15 A Chip On One’s Shoulder A chip on the shoulder tends to end up in much sadness and unhappiness (cp. Matt. 5: 12).

16 A Chip On One’s Shoulder A chip on the shoulder complex can result in confusion (cp. Rom. 12: 2).

17 A Chip On One’s Shoulder A chip on the shoulder promotes frustration and wasted energy (cp. Phili. 4: 8).

18 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The chip on the shoulder fixation can result in general despair (cp. Phili. 4: 6).

19 A Chip On One’s Shoulder Christians are to be examples of mental and spiritual hygiene, clear thinking, and a sound mind - they should promote and experience good, healthy relationships. “13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phili. 4). “37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Rom. 8).

20 A Chip On One’s Shoulder The solution: As is the case with most sin, an excessive interest in self is the root cause.  We must deny self (Luke 9: 23).  We must control self (I Cor. 9: 25-27).  We must examine self (2 Cor. 13: 5).  We must practice the “Golden Rule” (Matt. 7: 12).  We must be loving, kind, and considerate (I Pet. 3: 8).


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