Life by God’s Truth
But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.1 Corinthians 4:3-4
Paul tells us he does not examine himself because we all have a sin nature, that can bias our self-judgment. Paul was conscious of nothing against himself, yet I am not by this acquitted, and he let the Lord be his judge. We pray every day that if there is anything we do that is displeasing to the Lord that we are unaware of; we pray that He will change us. After all the Lord know us better than we know our selves.
Our biggest enemy is our own justification, which is caused by our hidden sinful nature. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalm 86:11) We let the Lord be our judge through prayer, and a good understanding of the Word. The Lord knows our thoughts and He knows how to make us more like Christ. Every night we pray that the Lord will change us for anything that is not pleasing to Him.
All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth. To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:10) We do our best to be pleasing to the Lord, through the Word and the Spirit. However, we can never be perfect but we ask the Lord to keep changing us to be more pleasing to Him. We are the worst person to judge ourselves, because we cannot fully see ourselves through the eyes and understanding of God.
The Lord knows we can never be perfect and that is why we have forgiveness. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1) Since we do our best to be pleasing to the Lord, and that as why we never condemn ourselves. The problem we all face is we justify something in our life, and we think it is pleasing to the Lord.
Today be sensitive to the Spirit and do your best to give Christ priority. Then most likely life will be pleasing to the Lord, giving His will over our will.
Prayer: Father, keep changing me to be more like Christ to my last breath. In Jesus name, Amen