Under the Microscope

“But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another.”
Galatians 6:4 (Amplified)

“Eyes on your own paper!”
Remember hearing that refrain from teachers when you were in school?
It was a cautionary statement meant to remind us “No cheating allowed!”
Paul is saying much the same thing in his letter to the Galatian church.
Scrutinize your own work. 
Eyes on your own life and work please!
We all do well to heed that advise because we often want to point out the other persons eye spec in spite of our own crippling beam in the eye. 
The word scrutinize is defined as:
“to examine closely and minutely”
Did you get that?
Examine your actions, attitudes and behaviors minutely. 
Not someone else’s, your own.
Pick them apart. 
Look at them frontwards, backwards, upside down and inside out. 
When you do that, in concert with the Holy Spirit, you will know the personal satisfaction and inner joy Paul spoke of.  
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Pastor Stephen Brisson