2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV 2011
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? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
Self-examination is an ongoing action of all who follow the Lord. Lamentations 3:40, “Let us examine our ways, and test them. And let us return to the Lord.” Being aware of ones heart attitude was foundational for the early church especially during communion. 1 Corinthians 11:28, “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” Unconfessed sin hidden is never hidden from the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:29, “For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.” Closely walking with Jesus comes through consistent self-examination.
I went to the first service at my Las Vegas Church today. Pastor preached on “why we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.” He stated we needed to examine our personal relationship with Jesus. That involves close self-examination to make sure I’m right with God. It was Communion Sunday and I needed to be sure my sins were confessed before I went to the Lord’s Table. Merging onto the short freeway brought out the competitor in me. “Sorry Lord for my aggressive behavior.” Consistent self-examination enhances my daily closer walk.
What sin stands in the way of fellowship with Jesus?
Sins confessed together,