5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you [a]are disqualified.
6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
7 Now [b]I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified.

There are danger signals all around us. On our highways and by-roads we see various caution signs on display: dangerous bend, slow down, bumps ahead, railway crossing, school children crossing etc.
On some houses we see the labels such as, “this house is not for sale; beware of 419.” In the medical profession, there are danger signs for certain ailments, and when a patient begins to notice such, it is time to take pre-caution/action as may have been advised by a Physician.
In the context of the scripture, God has also given us danger signs for our spiritual health.

We must watch out for these signals if our spiritual life is not to head for the rocks. The bible admonishes us in 2 Corinthians 13:5 to examine ourselves to see whether we are still in the faith.
Self-examination is important for all believers. There are many times we present images that do not truly represent us. We appear meek and humble to the outside world but right inside of us we are proud and haughty.
We profess to love others but within us is hatred and discontent. The Bible says the same fountain cannot yield salt and fresh water – James 3:12.

One checklist of our spiritual life is found in 1 Corinthians 13:6… “Love rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth.”
When we begin to enjoy sin, enjoy seeing others commit sin or quick to celebrate the fall of a fellow Christian (or even non-believers), then it is time for us to know that something is wrong with us.
Heavenly-minded Christians must eschew evil and flee all appearance of it.. We are admonished to submit to God, then resist him steadfastly in faith and we will always be victorious – James 4:7.

PRAYER: Lord, please help me daily to examine myself.


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