Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith…” II Corinthians 13:5a.
It is so sad to say that there are individuals that can always point out something that is wrong with someone else, but they never seem to see anything wrong with themselves. They will tell you what you need to do, but when they are told what they need to do they deny that they have a problem. These individuals tend to pitch a fit when something is pointed out about them.
I know it is not pleasant to hear something about ourselves, but we usually do not see what others on the outside see as it pertains to us. We oftentimes are quick to reject that which has been pointed out as it relates to how we are acting, and usually what follows is major attitude instead of taking a step back and thinking about what was said and then taking inventory of the situation, and then taking the necessary steps to change. Now, I know there are some individuals who are cruel and there main goal is to harm and hurt; aside from those individuals, if I am your brother, sister or friend, take some time to look the situation over.
It is imperative that we understand that in our humanity, even since we have been born again, there are still flaws in every human being; do not be so foolish as to think there is never anything wrong with you; if you have that mindset you are blind, and you more than likely need to have an encounter with Jesus. Even believers will not see perfection until we are “absent from the body, and present with the Lord.” Therefore, realize that we are inclined not to see areas where we fall short, because we usually do not want to admit areas of deficiency in us.
Genuine self-examination is to be done in light of the Word of God. God’s Word expresses what He requires for our lives. Therefore, when we are acting outside of what pleases Him, correction can then take place. God gave us His Word so that we will know what we must do to have unbroken fellowship with Him.
There is a story of a Pharmacist who owned the local drugstore in a small town. He heard a young boy talking on his cell phone one day. “Hello, sir, I was calling to see if you needed someone to cut your grass. Oh, you have one. Well, does he do a good job? Oh, he does! Thank you, I was just checking,” said the young boy.
The pharmacist then said to the boy, “Sorry you did not get the job, son.”
“Oh, no sir,” the boy said. “I have the job. I was just calling to check up on myself.”
Let’s make sure that we keep checking up on ourselves; and once you see that there are flaws, then be honest with yourself and stop trying to fool yourself and others that there is nothing wrong with you, that it is everyone else that has something wrong.
Your servant in Christ,