SELF-EXAMINATION: PART III
II CORINTHIANS 13: 1 - 5
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I JOHN 2: 15 - 17
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JESUS CHRIST asked a question worthy of your thought: "What is a
man profited if he gains the whole world an loses his own soul?"
Christ appealed to His many contemporaries as His Word does to
us to examine ourselves. Many pious persons assert that we
should occupy our thoughts with God and others and not
ourselves. That is good, but the Bible also says, "Examine
yourselves as to whether you are in the faith." When you do:
a. Pray for divine guidance that you may be objective.
b. Search yourself with the Scripture as the standard.
c. Keep your eyes on Jesus as your example.
When John Powell was writing "Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I
Am?", he mentioned the title to a friend who responded, "Do you
want an answer to your question?" Upon being assured he did, the
friend answered, I'm afraid to tell you who I am; because if I
tell you who I am, you may not like who I am, and that's all I
For the same reason, many people won't take time to take a look
at themselves. They are afraid they won't like what they find;
or if they are honest enough to admit what they find, they will
have to acknowledge God doesn't like what is there.
Are you "in the faith"? I John gives us 5 test to prove we are.
Part III of the test relates to what we love. AGAPE is theword
used for love in our text. It is important that we love the
right thing. Love improperly placed is a good thing gone wrong.
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone
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