A Spiritual Self-Examination as Suggested by Paul

“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?” (II Corinthians 13:5)

There are times when a spirit of discontent, unrest, unhappiness, disinterest, even boredom, may overtake the heart of some Christians. In such times, we may be wise to follow the above injunction of the apostle to see just who has changed or moved—us or God. In view of these considerations, let each one do some honest personal soul-searching and self-evaluation. There are many other areas of thought than those below.


  • I see to it that the Lord always comes first in my life and in my family’s life—always (Matthew 6:33).
  • I and my family are faithful in assembling to worship God at all worship services, including Sunday night and Wednesday night worship (Hebrews 10:25; 13:17).
  • I am very involved every week in some aspect of the mission/evangelism work of the church (Mark 16:15).
  • Whenever I learn of a need for some kind of work or help needed in the church, I always volunteer to cooperate according to my ability (Matthew 25:14-30).
  • I see to it that I and my family are fed a full and steady diet of God’s Word that we may grow thereby as we worship faithfully in the public gatherings and take time at home to study His Word (I Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; II Timothy 2:15).
  • I spend time visiting those who are mentioned at church as being in the hospitals (Matthew 25:31-46).
  • I can honestly say that I am doing more now for the cause of Christ than I was a year ago. I am more involved than ever in the Lord’s work and in bringing glory to God (I Corinthians 15:57; II Corinthians 11:23; Revelation 3:1, 16).
  • The example that I am now setting is a source of encouragement to others to serve God, and if others followed my example of Christianity, they would assuredly go to heaven (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 1:27; 2:14-16; I Timothy 4:12).
  • When I become unhappy with something or someone in the church, rather than run away, I find that my unhappiness disappears when I start doing something for others, speaking positively for the Lord, and devoting more time to prayer (Ephesians 6:18).
  • When I disagree with a brother or sister, or when one has sinned against me, rather than tell everyone else about it, I go first, in a humble manner, to the other party in order to solve the problem, disagreement, or misunderstanding (Matthew 18:16-18; 5:21-26).

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