October 01
Examine Yourselves
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. 2 Corinthians 13:5,6
Read 2 Corinthians Chapter 13:1-6
The Corinthians were examining Paul's life to see if he was qualified to speak for God. Now Paul asks them to examine their own lives. The word, examine means to scrutinize, and look carefully. We too should look carefully at our own lives before passing judgment on others. Jesus spoke about this in the gospels. Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matt. 7:1,2) Ouch! This one hurts. For if we look, even for a moment at our own lives, we will see that without God's grace, we too would be disqualified. Jesus Christ is our Qualifier and His grace alone is sufficient for us. Imagine how Paul must have felt, being questioned about his qualifications. No doubt he was a little disturbed. However, the wisdom in his answers to the Corinthians reveal his clear understanding that Christ is the One who qualifies each one of us.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Scriptures like this, that remind us to examine our own lives.

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