Tuesday, August 31, 2010
How do I examine myself carefully without “navel gazing?”
The best way to do this is to turn everything around and look at yourself from God’s perspective. Instead of seeing the sin in your life, see God’s forgiveness. Instead of beating yourself up over the past, accept that God already beat Jesus up on your behalf and that’s the basis for your forgiveness. When you read the Bible, you can see that God loves you and sent Jesus to die for you so that when you look at yourself you see a forgiven sinner, cleansed by the blood of Jesus, working hard to live a life worthy of his great gift.
So instead of simply looking at yourself by yourself, see yourself through the reflection of the Word of God. Read it in order to see what it says about you and believe it. The Bible says the Word of God is a mirror to your soul (James 1:23-27). So, read the Bible and see what it says about who and what you are in Christ. And, in those areas where you struggle, trust God for the power to control yourself.