‘But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. ‘
1 Corinthians 11:28
Reflecting upon yesterday’s communion service leads us to the phrase “let a man examine himself”. According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary the word “examine” actually means “to inspect carefully, with a view to discover truth or the real state of a thing.” When referencing the Strong’s definition, it does not veer very far from the same principle other than it involves the process of testing or proving. Therefore, the verse commands us to test or prove whether or not we are real. In a world of rising hypocrisy nothing could be more necessary. There is power in self-examination. It is something that is healthy and yet when done with an honest heart can be quite painful. God wants to operate with a clean heart. He wants us to make sure there are short accounts with him. When a person begins the process of self-examination, they must look in two directions.
- They must examine their relationship with Lord.God does not want you to examine the religious activity, but God does not want us to examine our personal relationship with him. Are we talking with him? Are we trusting in him? Are we living for him? Look closely at the relationship and examine whether or not is a real one. Is there truly proof that you have a relationship with the Lord?
- They must examine their relationship with Others.Sometimes this can be more difficult than the first one. The reason is because God does us no harm and people can cause harm on so many levels. However; God wants us to make sure we are right with others. God does not require that we trust people, but he does require that we try to be right with others. When an examination is done on yourself can you truly say that you have done your best to be right with others? We must accept the fact that in order to be right with God we must be right with others.
- What are the tools necessary for a self-examination?
- What is so hard about doing a self-examination?
- Would you rather someone else tell you what is wrong with you or would you prefer to examine yourself? Why?