1 Corinthians 11:31 Examine Yourself More Closely

But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 1 Corinthians 11:31

People love to pay very close attention to what other people have or are doing. Many are able to describe a celebrity or even a neighbor or friend in great detail, with all of their likes, dislikes, good qualities and bad qualities.

As they are able to do this, very few will take that close of a look at their own lives. Taking time to closely examine their own lives, blinds them to their own faults and where they need to grow or change.

Paul talks about eating and drinking the communion. He tells the people that they should examine themselves very closely prior to eating it, so that they do not come under God’s judgment.

It is easy for someone to see faults in other people, because their eyes are looking outward, not inward. This is a common practice of many inside the church. God does not want His people to watch others, because each person is their own person before God.

Every believer must be willing to stand before God on his own. In order to do this, each believer must be willing to examine his own life as to whether it is in line with God’s commands or not.

Many people will claim belief in Jesus, take the communion, all while at the same time living in sin on purpose. Living in this way brings down the judgment of God upon their lives. This can be found in sickness or death, because God is trying to get ahold of their attention.

While a believer is claiming to believe in Jesus, he must be willing to examine himself closely to see if he truly does believe in and follow Jesus, and make changes as needed.

If you consider yourself a believer, take a moment to examine your life closely. Take into consideration your thoughts, words, and actions. Do all of these line up with God’s word and commands?

Most likely you have some areas to work on. Instead of ignoring these areas and living with them, ask God to help you to change. Repent and change to be more like Jesus.

As you focus on becoming more like Jesus, you allow God to remove the judgments against you. Have you examined your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will examine your life to see if you are living for God; that you will allow God to reveal faults in your life; that you will repent and follow God more; and that God will not find reason to judge you.

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