When we see faults in others, we must examine our own spiritual progress, looking for parallel things in ourselves that grieve God's Holy Spirit.
Only after we have examined ourselves should we partake of the Passover symbols. Thoroughly examining ourselves should become a way of life.
Our ability to see the specks in others' eyes may indicate spiritual deficiencies in ourselves, as we project our own sins onto others.
David Grabbe, examining the saying, "ignorance is bliss," implying that a measure of peace may come to us if we do not know something that might be disturbing, cautions us that this ignorance is dangerous when it comes to the spiritual preparation of self-examination before the Passover. Self-evaluation is foundational …
David Maas, anticipating the forthcoming Passover, and the stern warning from the apostle Paul that we thoroughly examine ourselves, cautions us to be very careful how we undertake this self-examination. We must realize that (1) taking the Passover in an unworthy manner can result in serious physical or spiritual hazards, (2) …
The church of the Laodiceans is today's prevalent attitude. Is there hope? Can a Laodicean be in God's Kingdom?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is not just an eye condition. It also describes a worldview that is quite limited and limiting.
We need to cast our most discerning gazes on ourselves and, in all humility, refrain from 'fixing' others, especially when we have similar problems.
Self-righteous people tend to trust in their own heart, be wise in their own eyes, justify themselves, despise or disregard others, and judge or condemn others.
The effectiveness of a law is found in its purpose and intent rather than the letter. Love and mercy constitute the spiritual fulfillment of the Law.
After God forgives our sins, He still allows residual memories of these transgressions to remain in our memories, evidently to help us in overcoming.
God's forgiveness of us is directly tied to our forgiveness of those who have sinned against us! We must reciprocate God's forgiveness by forgiving others.
We must use Berean self-reflexiveness to become teachable, to search for hidden sins, to detect spiritual blindspots, and to admit when we are wrong.
The tongue may be the most untamed beast on earth! James says we all offend in word. But James 3 is filled with wisdom regarding how we can overcome the beast.
Martin Collins asks whether we have tried to make decisions without having sufficient facts. All of Christ's actions were done with full knowledge of the facts. Christ's healing of the blind man could have had the ancillary purpose of teaching the disciples the extent of their spiritual blindness, who had become hindered by …
If we, like Israel of old, choose to sin, we will receive the same consequence. Two thirds of the book of Numbers emphasizes that if we sin, we die.
Confusion over time of Passover, the wavesheaf offering, and Pentecost results from making assumptions unwarranted by clear scriptural evidence.