"...but doers of the word will be justified;" Romans 2:13 NKJV
No one ever said doing a spiritual self-examination would be easy, but we do so, as children of God, because it is necessary. God is long-suffering, not slack concerning any of His promises. He is long-suffering because He wants us to turn to Him, to repent, and to turn from any and all sin. Asking God to point out our sin is difficult. The reason we ask God to point out our sin is so that He can cleanse and heal us. God will never bring harm to you. God has good plans for you for a hope and a future, but that also includes letting Him clean you up. While it is a little unnerving knowing that He sees everything we say and do, it can also be quite comforting knowing that we can come to Him with a humble and sincere heart and ask Him to change in us whatever displeases Him.
"...For You will repay each man according to His deeds." Psalm 62:12 BSB
Our goal must always be to please God by seeking Him and acting on His Word through obedience and walking by faith, living our lives as a living sacrifice before Him. This is why is it not enough to have knowledge of what is right. We must act on what is right, doing what is right. We must be "doers of the word" so that we "will be justified."
"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves." James 1:22 BSB
We do what is right because we love God; Because we love God, we understand obedience is better than sacrifice. Because we love God, we obey His commands and His laws. Because we love God, we apply His Word to every aspect of our life. We are doers of the Word, not just hearers only so that we won't be self-deceived.
In all we do, let us always set out to please God and be doers of His word because "doers of the word will be justified."
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for being patient with me. I ask, Lord, that You show me whatever it is in my life that is not pleasing to You that I might turn away from it. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Forgive me, O Lord, and heal me. Make me whole. Thank You for forgiving me and setting me free. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles
Executive Director at Thread of Hope, Inc.