2. God Wants to Teach You to Examine Your Heart
Because God knows everything you do flows from your heart (Proverbs 4:23), He wants to teach you to examine it on a regular basis. Like Psalm 26:2 states, ask God to “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
When you do, ask Him to reveal any wrong attitudes you may have towards the other person that might be contributing to your challenging relationship.
Because it is so easy to point fingers at another individual and not see problems in you, Matthew 7:4 points out, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
As Scripture describes “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
So as Galatians 6:4 encourages, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”
Regular examinations offer an opportunity for God to expose deep issues of your heart, leading to repentance, renewed committed to Him, and spiritual growth.
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