Just about everyone has the nasty habit of judging others and condemning in them what we condone in ourselves. Wanting to put ourselves in the best possible light we point out the worst in others—as though that makes us better. We would do well to remember 1 Peter 4:17 which says, “..judgment must begin at the house of God“, and that should start on a personal level with self-examination. James Smith wrote:
“This is necessary, that we may know upon what we are resting; and whether we are growing or declining. Let us examine this morning upon what foundation we are building.. and from what does our hope arise? What is the source of our satisfaction, pleasure, and peace? What do we possess to prove the reality of our religion? Have we been quickened by the Holy Spirit? Is Christ our life, and is He living in us? Are we enlightened to see sin, in its nature, character, and actings? Have we living faith which receives Christ, believes His word, and lives to Him? Have we a good hope through grace? Is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost? Do we love God because He first loved us, and walk with Him in peace and holiness? Have we the earnest and witness of the Spirit in our hearts? Are we conflicting with sin, and praying to be delivered from it, as from a tyrant, a plague, the most fearful evil? Let us examine carefully, deliberately, prayerfully; taking God’s word for our rule and guide. Let us prove our own work, so shall we have rejoicing in ourselves alone, and not in others.”
Searcher of hearts! oh, search me still;
The secrets of my soul reveal;
My fears remove: let me appear
To God and my own conscience clear:
Each evidence of grace impart,
And deeply sanctify my heart!