Self Examination (II Corinthians 13)

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?  Unless indeed you fail to met the test.” II Cor. 13:5

I am really good at examining other people’s faults.  Over the years I have all but profected the art of examining others.  To top it off, I enjoy making myself look better by putting down others.

Brothers and sisters, who would admit they had the above life?  This is exactly how some in the church at Corinth were living their lives.  They were examining (testing) others faith without even a consideration to examine (test) their own.

Paul’s writing in our focal text confronts such people.  His confrontation was not out of frustration or from even being judgmental.  Paul was concerned for their souls.

Paul wanted to know and he wanted each Corinthian to know whether Christ was in them or not.  This is why God calls you and I to a daily self-examination.

Brothers and sisters, I want to daily self-examine my own life.  Here are 8 self-examination questions and Scriptures for you to look up.

1. Who is the boss of your life?  Galatians 2:20.

2.  What is the standard by which you judge your life?  Heb. 4:12.

3.  What is the goal of your life? Col. 3:17, 21.

4.  What is your philosophy of self-examination?  Matt. 7:1-5.

5. Who is in charge of your money?  Matt. 6:21.

6.  Who do you always talk about?  Rom. 1:6-17.

7.  Do you ever experience the discipline of the Lord?  Heb. 12:5-11; I Cor. 11:32.

8.  Is your life more righteous or more unrighteous?  I John 3:4-10.

Brothers and sisters, self-examination is an amazing tool from the Lord.  When a person correctly self-examines, he or she has no time to examine others because you are growing in God’s making you into what He desires you to be.

So, lets drop the others examination and spend our lives in self-examination for the glory of God!!!

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