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Self-examination should take place on the basis of God’s revelation of himself and the example he sets believers in Jesus Christ. It is especially important before confessing one’s sins.

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The importance of self-examination

Haggai 1:5 The Message
And then a little later, God-of-the-Angel-Armies spoke out again: “Take a good, hard look at your life. Think it over.
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A lack of self-examination leads to pride and self-delusion

1 Corinthians 11:28–29 The Message
Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe. If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences.
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Self-examination is not easy because of humanity’s fallen nature

Psalm 19:12–14 The Message
Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
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God helps believers in their self-examination

Psalm 26:2 The Message
Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out
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The purpose of self-examination is to lead people to God and amendment of life

Lamentations 3:40–42 The Message
Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God. Let’s lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time, praying to God in heaven: “We’ve been contrary and willful, and you haven’t forgiven.
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Self-examination is especially important when ministering to others

Galatians 6:1 The Message
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out.
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