Self-examination

JESUS SPEAKING

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First Remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (Luke 6: 41 – 42.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

Seeing fault in others is far easier than seeing it in ourselves.  Therefore, we judge our fellows, not realizing that we are guilty of similar offenses.  Such ignorance often leads to a misguided but well intentioned form of hypocrisy, by which we mistakenly attempt to help others overcome the sins we ourselves have never been able to conquer.  To succeed in helping others we must first examine our own moral behavior.  As we put our lives under the microscope we become aware of our shortcomings.  Armed with knowledge and aided by God, we can have victory over our sins, and in turn, help others to do the same.

Self-examination has played a rather prominent role in my Christian experience.  Therefore I frequently complete moral inventories.  During my inventories I write down every area of my life that is morally questionable; then, aided by God, I attempt to correct each errant behavior.  Additionally, I attend a men’s accountability group; every Monday we meet to share our moral failures and successes.  If we struggle with some sin, we set it as an accountability; then we ask God to help us achieve our weekly goals.  I have seen much growth in myself and the other men who attend the group.  In my life, self-examination has led to change, and change has enabled me to help others to overcome similar difficulties.

When we trust in God and examine our own shortcomings we experience a miraculous transformation.  If you have never done a moral inventory, sit down and take stock of your life; where are you succeeding; where are you failing.  With much prayer and an honest self-appraisal you too can have victory over your sins.  As you become more like Jesus Christ, you will be better able to help others to do the same.

“Lord Heavenly Father, make us aware of our shortcomings, and give us the power to overcome them (that we might be more like Your Son Jesus Christ.)  As we change, may we help others to achieve victory over their sins, that they too, might come to worship You in sincerity and truth.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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