Written by Sandy Blaser
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13
As a Christian, in our daily walk it is important to take a self-examination now & then. Examining our walk with Christ means looking not so much at what you are doing, as at what you are becoming. It doesn’t matter what works you accomplish or what charitable deeds you do. No matter how kind you are to strangers, no matter how many souls you bring to Christ, this question remains… “Am I becoming more like Christ?
In other words, we are to ask ourselves…Am I becoming more loving, patient, forgiving, and tolerant? Am I growing more patient, or becoming quick-tempered? Kinder and gentler, or am I meaner and more argumentative? More tender and forgiving, or more bitter? Am I harboring anger or holding onto grudges? Do I put up with the weaknesses and faults of those near to me, or do I always have to be right?”
A Christ-like walk cannot be achieved by human effort alone. It won’t happen by self-determination; rather, it happens by the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore when we do a self-evaluation, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to show us who we truly are, and measure ourselves by God’s divine Word. Then we ask the Lord for forgiveness and the Holy Spirit to help us change & fill us with knowledge, truth, wisdom & understanding so that we may live a life worthy of the Lord & pleasing Him in every way.