1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”
Self examination is a great thing. I think we get bogged down in examining the decisions and lifestyles of others and forget to look at our own lives. There is no doubt that we should all hold ourselves to a high standard. My fear is that we judge the greatness of our lives on the merits or mishaps of others. Often times we find ourselves making judgments about ourselves in light of the failures of others.
The Bible teaches us that we should judge ourselves. God wants us to live above reproach. In other words, we should live in such a way that people would have a hard time finding something bad to say about us. This is difficult because we want to make excuses for our behavior rather than condemn our own actions. I would like to write some key principles that will help us judge ourselves.
- Use God’s Word as a Mirror: If what you see being taught in the Bible does not align with the life you are living then there are obvious adjustments that need to be made.
- Jesus Christ should be the Mark: Paul pressed toward the mark. We do not need to compare ourselves to others. We need to constantly compare ourselves to Christ.
- Listen to the way other Perceive You: Many times you can judge yourself based on the way those closest to you will describe you.
Today’s Challenge: Judge yourself. If you do it right you may be able to avoid the judgment of God.