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December 27, 2013


2 Corinthians 13:5-6

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.



Zeng Shen was young enough to be Confucius’s grandson, yet he won high praise from the old sage. One of the sayings for which Zeng Shen is famous goes something like this. “Every day I ask myself three questions. The first is, ‘Have I sinned in my thoughts and actions toward others?’ The second is, ‘Have I broken faith in any of my friendships?’ The third is, ‘Have I tried to teach anything to others I have not fully learned and understood myself?'”

If Zeng Shen asked himself these three questions every day, resolving to make no mistakes, then, young as he was, we can well understand why Confucius praised him. Not only is each of the three questions extremely important in itself, but the practice of examining one’s own behavior every day is a habit that every leader should cultivate.

– Konosuke Matsushita


“In verse 3 Paul indicates that some of the Corinthians were seeking proof that Christ was speaking in Paul. Then in verse 5 Paul turns the tables on them and challenges them to prove themselves. What some of the Corinthians questioned was not Paul’s salvation. It was his sanctification. They questioned whether he was a true spokesman and apostle of Christ. Likewise, when he turned the tables he questioned their sanctification, not their salvation.”

As you inventory your life, what plans do you have for the new year? What changes? What goals? What resolutions are you going to make with God’s help? May God grant us to so live that the world of which we are a part will know that Christianity is the most powerful and life-changing force in the universe!


Memory Verse: Philippians 1:10


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