What does the Bible say about examining ourselves

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

To examine is to inspect or inquire into, to scrutinize with care. We are to examine or test our lives in light of the teaching of the Bible with an earnest desire to strive, as best we can, to conform our lives as the Bible teaches to the example of Jesus. To be “in the faith” is to be faithful to the Lord (Revelation 2:10).

Often we are tempted, or face situations to make decisions to determine if something is right or wrong. The following “tests,” by an unknown writer, should be helpful to us.

* The Scriptural test: Does the Bible endorse it or is it expressly forbidden by God’s word?

* The personal test: Will doing this make me a better or worse Christian?

* The practical test: Will the results of my doing this be desirable?

* The universal test: If everyone should do this, would it improve or degrade society?

* The stewardship test: Will my doing this constitute a waste of talent God gave me?

* The character test: What will be the influence of my moral and spiritual stamina?

* The family test: Will it bring discredit and dishonor to my family, and will it embarrass them?

* The publicity test: Will I be willing for friends, fellow Christians, the elders, and the preacher to know?

* The common sense test: Does it agree with just plain every day, ordinary, and common sense?

* The fairness test: Is it honest, and is it practicing the golden rule? (Matthew 7:12)

In short, what would Jesus do? As often shown by WWJD! (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Corinthians 9:27)