SATURDAY April 21, 2018
Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:32-33
The Apostle Paul was a man of real integrity. God allowed him to write fourteen letters of the Bible. We need each of them because there is nothing but doctrine in these books. When we read Paul’s Epistles, they will exhort and rebuke us. Paul spoke very directly because he had a real heart for the people of God. In fact the entire Bible should bring us to a place of self-examination.
Paul exhorted the Corinthian believers to a place of self-examination. They should not only be thinking about themselves but others. In the use of their Christian freedoms, they should never give an offense to other people. Why? It could keep them out of the kingdom of God!
We need our conscience checked by the Holy Spirit so that we do not stumble other people by our actions. We need to be motivated by love as we do exactly what God’s Word says. As we take time to examine our hearts, then, God can use our lives to the fullest for the glory of Jesus Christ.
In a time of self examination, King David prayed for God to test his heart. He knew God could reveal his sinful heart:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
When is the last time you asked the Lord to search your heart?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind…
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