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“Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine” #972

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16, NKJV)

It is much easier to watch others and form opinions about them, than it is to carefully look at ourselves for our own spiritual deficiencies. And so, Paul warned the evangelist Timothy of this temptation. Self-inspection is required if we are to improve our personal faith and character. Just as building inspectors use a building code to test the integrity of buildings, self-examination must be made using a standard by which we test our attitudes and actions. The only reliable standard to use is the doctrine of Christ; the doctrine preached by Christ’s apostles and available in the Scriptures. Timothy was to teach this doctrine, and use it to examine himself. Careful attention to ourselves is not complete unless we actually do the things we have been taught. So, look at yourself through the lens of God’s word and then, do His will. Your salvation is secured as you do this. And, you will be helping save others, too.

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God Evaluates the Heart #683

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. (Proverbs 21:2, NKJV)

The ability to see ourselves as God sees us is not an easy task. The work of examining ourselves requires humility, meekness and thoroughness (2 Cor. 13:5). The word of God is the only tool available to us that equips us to successfully do so. More accurate than a surgeon’s laser, God’s word can cut to the deepest recesses of our heart to expose our sin and to compel our correction through repentance (Heb. 4:12-13). The deception that “we are always right” invariably prevents successful examination and correction of ourselves. God, who knows our hearts, has determined that we be “conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). Choose to let His gospel shape your heart and your conduct into the image of Christ.