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Self-Examination 101

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV).

Throughout the Bible we are constantly being told to examine ourselves, and make sure that we truly are children of God. In a day and age where Church has become more important than a daily relationship with God, and being a Christian has become the catch phrase of the day, it is ever so important to examine ourselves in order to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we belong to Christ.

The Bible says that personal faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, on your behalf, will place you into the family of God. This is the gospel truth. Jesus suffered, died and rose again to pay the penalty for our sins and to enable us to share in His life. If we believe in this with all our heart and call out to God for salvation, then we will be saved. But how do we examine faith?

How do you examine something you cannot see, and cannot describe? Well, it’s really quite simple. If you have faith, it should be evident to others around you. The evidence of faith is lived out through our actions. We are told to examine ourselves and make sure what we’re doing is in line with what we profess to believe. Not only am I saved but am I living my life as if I am saved? The things that we do should be things that prove our faith, not bring it into question. I’m not talking about a legalistic adherence to a set of rules just because we’re supposed to, but I am talking about ordering our lives in such a way that others will know we’re different simply by observing us.

So, you answer the question, does your life prove your faith? If not why not?

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

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