1 Corinthians 11:28 Examine Yourself

Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28

It is easy for people to examine other people and see faults in others. The eyes of a person look outward, rather than inward. People are quick to judge others, instead of looking at themselves.

Doctors will often tell people to examine themselves. This is done to catch a problem while it is little and before it becomes a major problem. The more a person looks at himself, the faster he will notice things that may be wrong and be able to find a way to correct it.

Right after talking about taking the Lord’s supper, Paul tells the people to examine themselves before taking the meal.

Eating of the Lord’s supper was a thing that Jesus told the disciples to do, in order that they may remember what He had done for them.

People in churches often take the communion elements out of habit or tradition, but not really seeing what it means. They do not want to really look at themselves and examine where they are at. Personal sins are often overlooked or ignored.

Focus is usually on other people, rather than self. When people closely examine themselves, they will often find faults in themselves. It makes them look bad, which no one really wants to do. Most people want to see themselves as good, rather than face the truth.

Every believer should take time on a regular basis to closely examine himself. Examining what he is thinking, his motives, his desires, his idols, his faults, his walk with God, his growth and more.

As he finds faults, he must be willing to repent and change. This is done out of remembering what Jesus did for him, dying on the cross for his sins.

Take time out in your day to day living to really examine your heart and life. Ask yourself hard questions on how well are you really living for God, living as Jesus did in complete surrender to the Father.

Allow yourself to be brutally honest with yourself in how you compare yourself to Jesus. There is always room for improvement. Do this knowing what Jesus went through for you, so that you may have eternal life.

Do not trample on the death of Christ, but change and live for God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal faults in your life; that you will compare yourself to Jesus; that God will open your eyes to your true heart and motives; and that God will give you strength to change and make the right choices.

1 Corinthians 11:28 Examine Yourself First

 

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Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28

The night before Jesu was crucified, He and the disciples had a meal that became known as the last supper. Later the church did the very same thing Jesus did and it became known as communion. Paul reminded the people of that communion, but also had a warning for them. They were to examine themselves prior to taking it.

In order for a good examination to be done, one must be willing to look closely at something. When a person goes to a doctor for an examination, he expects the doctor to look closely at everything to determine if there is a problem or what the problem is. Change cannot occur, unless there is an examination.

When something is looked at closely, one can see things more clearly. One can see the dirty spots when looked up close. One can see the fault lines in examining closely.

The world does not like to look closely at themselves, because they do not want to see any faults. Many will examine another person closely to find fault in the other person, but never in themselves.

Yet, Paul says the believer is supposed to examine himself closely prior to taking the communion bread and cup. For the believer, it is to look and ensure that he has repented of all sins, that he is now standing clean before God.

Jesus cannot forgive, unless a person repents. He is willing to forgive each and every time a person repents.

Taking the communion is a reminder of what Jesus did for the person. He died on the cross and shed His blood to remove all sins. If a person does not repent of his sins, there is no purpose in taking the communion, it is done in an unworthy manner.

Prior to ever taking the communion bread and cup, you need to examine your life. Are you standing clean before God? Have you repented of any and all sins that you have committed?

Along with doing this during an actual communion time, it should also be done any time you sit down and eat a meal. Remember what Jesus has done for you. Remember the breaking of His body and the shedding of His blood as you eat any food or drink something.

Have you examined your life today?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will repent of all sins; that you will examine your life on a daily basis; and that you will stand clean before God.

1 Corinthians 11:28 Examine Yourself

“Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28

One of the things Jesus wanted believers to do on a regular basis was to eat bread and drink wine (or juice) in remembrance of His death on the cross. Today churches do this and call the process: communion. In this passage Paul is discussing the eating of the bread and wine. He had stated that there is a wrong way to eat it. Before eating the food, a person is to examine himself.

The eating of the bread and wine, does not change a person, make him/her better or worse, or remove any sin. It is only to remind a person of what Jesus has done for him. It is representative of His body and blood. Now keep this in mind.

What does it mean to examine yourself? It is to take a serious look at your life, not just the outside surface of your life, but your inner heart and soul. What does your heart look like? What is the condition of your soul?

The whole purpose of Jesus death on the cross was to pay the price for your sins and remove them from your life. When you had sinned, you had a death penalty put on your head. You were guilty of sin and were to be punished by death. Jesus died in your place.

After dying for you, He rose from the dead and was willing to take away your sins. All that you had to do was repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness.

When you take part of communion, you are remembering what Jesus did for you. As you take the bread and wine, is there sin still in your heart and life that has been left un-confessed? If there is, you are bringing judgment upon yourself. You are rejecting what Jesus has done for you, even though you are “remembering” it.

Take a serious look at your heart and life before you take part of communion. Repent of any sin in your life. Ask Jesus to forgive you. Then you will be clean before Him as you take part of the communion, as you remember what He has done for you. Do not allow yourself to fall into judgment.

I pray today that God will reveal to you any sin in your life; that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn to Jesus and follow Him; that you will examine your life daily to keep in line with Jesus; and that you will know what Jesus has done for you.