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1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
The purposes of true self-examination according to Writ:
Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Matthew 23:27-29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead[men's] bones, and of all uncleanness. (28) Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (29) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
(They never did examine themselves other wise they would have repented)
The main purpose of true self-examination is to destroy self-righteousness. The lawyer in Luke 10:25-37 was given this story because he was "willing to justify himself" (verse 29). The story of the Good Samaritan was a story of mercy the lawyer was instructed to go and do thou likewise. Self-righteousness holds very little mercy, while true self-examination produces mercy towards others for we looks at our own failings.
It can spare a life and give a sinner another chance.
The woman caught in adultery was spared because the Lord pricked her accusers own conscience.
John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 8:9 And they which heard[it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
It produces consideration toward the weak brethren
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
While we can never condone sin, but we must remember that if it were not for the grace of God we would all be shipwrecks.
We are instructed to forgive others as we have been forgiven also.
Luk 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
It is the product of self-examination and knowing our own fragility that produces mercy and love towards others.
Self-examination should seek forgiveness.
1 John 3:20-21 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God.
We MUST have confidence toward God, once we ask Our Lord to forgive us we should forgive ourselves. The blood of our Saviour cleanses us and though we may have to reap here on Earth consequences due to sin God will never bring it up again.
Other may and the Satan surely will.
God never intended for us to quit serving him because we failed.
If David or Peter did not pick up the pieces many a Psalm may not have been penned and Peter would have not preached at Pentecost.
When it comes to self-examination REMEMBER!
We can not justify our sins because of the great sins of the Saints Of Old. But we can praise God for the sins we have not committed!
We all have heard sermons on the Publican and the Pharisee in Luke 18.
Have you ever thought that if the Pharisee would have by proper self examination prayed this instead he to could have went away justified.
God, I thank thee for giving me the grace not to be as some men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I am capable of worst sins than him please keep me from temptation and keep giving me the strength to resist sin.
Our prayer should include thanking God for keeping us from the sins we used to do and if you are struggling with a sin thank him for every victory over it. Self-examinations should echo the words of our Lord.
WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING.
If you are not 100% sure that you are going to
Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.