Test Yourself and Your Ways

Galatians 6:1, “Keep watch on yourself, lest you be tempted.”

2Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?

Lamentations 3:40, “Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord.”

The Bible clearly tells us to examine ourselves; however, there are some important considerations if we are to benefit from this process. Ultimately, the key to steadfastness and constancy is to keep our focus on God rather than ourselves, because we fluctuate in our level of commitment and attitude when facing trying situations. Therefore, our self-evaluations will fluctuate and vary in truthfulness…although we are instructed to examine and test ourselves, we mustn’t stop there!

It is necessary to look at our failings and weaknesses in the light of the Scriptures; then we can more accurately understand ourselves and our situation– we will gain a more biblical perspective. Besides seeing ourselves more realistically, we also need to view God more accurately. Once we realize that our Heavenly Father never fails, always keeps His promises and word, and is always true to His holy and perfect nature; then, everything comes into focus and we can benefit from increased understanding and wisdom– we grow in our faith and mature in our walk with the Lord.