Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Things Required For Honest Self-Examination

          "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13:5)

          If one intends to examine and prove himself, then that requires him being engaged in honest reflection. One must objectively evaluate findings regarding personal status with God. We must hate every false way or thing that stands in opposition to Him. Truth must be our top priority.

          The ability to engage in self-examination is affected by the standard of truth used in the analysis of oneself. Conscience is a valuable instrument, but liable to error. Divine revelation is infallible. Therefore, it takes precedence over conscience in spiritual discernment.

          The purposes of self-examination are seeking spiritual purity, forgiveness from God, and verifying whether one's conversion is even genuine. What does it mean to be in the faith? It entails upholding sound theology. It entails living in obedience to God.

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