Examine yourself

Many times when we have communion, we read 1 Corinthians chapter 11. And when we read it, many times we read all the way through verse 30. Part of that last section is verse 28, which reads “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” We apply that by saying that we should not take the Lord’s supper with sin in our lives or with any ill feelings toward another believer. Of course, that is true. But it’s not only during communion time that we need to make that internal examination. That is something that needs to be part of our life on a regular basis. But, if we are honest, it doesn’t take too much of an examination to see when we have sin in our lives. If we are living with, what many people would call a “big” sin, we know it’s there. And if we have any type of close relationship with the Lord, we know that sin is impacting our relationship. We also know that solution to that sin. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If we have obvious sin in our life, we need to confess it to the Lord. But sometimes we have sin in our lives that is not as obvious to us. We read in James 4:17, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” We read in Matthew 5:28, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” We read in Romans 14:23, “For whatsoever is not of faith, is sin.”  So how do we find those less than obvious sins, that perhaps even we overlook? How do we examine ourselves properly? Perhaps the best way is to have the attitude that is found in Psalms 139: 23-24. Don’t trust yourself to do the examination, allow the Lord to do the examination. “ Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Just as with every other area in the Christian life, if we try to examine ourselves in our own strength and power, we will fail. We have to yield to God. Let Him do the examination. Ask Him, “Lord, show me if I have any sin in my life.” And when He does, confess it.