Daily Devotion, June 26, 2020 - Examine Yourselves

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Devotion: June 26, 2020
Reading: 2 Corinthians 13
Examine Yourselves

For over 15 years I worked as a data analyst, mostly in support of health care operations and business practices. I also worked closely with population health data analysts who would frequently ask for data pertaining to preventive medicine. Part of successful preventive medicine involves robust self-examination which results in disease being avoided all together or detected early and treated more successfully. The same holds true with our spiritual health. If we examine ourselves spiritually, we can identify unhealthy patterns in our lives and take the measures necessary to be restored in our relationship with God.

Paul provides some relatively broad instructions for individuals to follow in this passage when it comes to spiritual self examination… “don’t do anything wrong…do what is right” (v. 7) and “don’t do anything against the truth but only for the truth” (v. 8). He also offers suggestions for the entire body of believers on how they may be restored as a church: encourage one another, be of one mind, and live in peace. In 2 Corinthians 12:20-21 we get a clearer picture of the types of unhealthy behavior that were taking place in the church of Corinth and creating disunity among believers; these included arguments, jealousies, angry outbursts, selfish ambitions, back-biting and gossip, conceit, unnecessary drama, uncleanness, fornication and just plain vulgarity.

The life of a Christian is one in which we each take individual responsibility to do what is right and to live according to the truth. It also includes a corporate responsibility as the Church as we, together, pray, seek God’s Word, serve others, and worship and teach one another. Let us examine ourselves. How are we doing, individually and collectively in our churches, our life groups and in our families? Are we "in the faith"? Is Jesus Christ in you? Let’s commit to self-examination and strive to be made complete in Christ, and live a life of peace, harmony and love in these most challenging times.

Dear God, we thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit who guides and leads us as we examine ourselves. Help us to take seriously the need to examine ourselves daily, identify the "wrong" in our lives and make things right with you.  Help us to do the same within our church and life groups that we might live in peace and unity with one another as the Church, the very body of Christ, so that others may see Christ in us.  We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus.  Amen!

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