Friday, June 18, 2010

2 Corinthians 13: Examine Yourself

One of my favorite prayers is from Psalm 139:

Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting."

Unless I slow down and ask, I don't always know that I'm off base, that I've strayed from following God.

And I don't always see the danger coming toward me, whether from circumstances or from sin patterns in my own life.

And I find these ideas reiterated at the close of 2 Corinthians, where Paul writes, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves."

I need to look closely.
I need to ask God for help.
I do not want to fail the test.

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