“Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1:23-24, New International Version).

Self-examination is an examination of oneself or an introspection. You should look at yourself objectively, diagnose the problem, repent, and let God fix your ailments. However, when we deal with ourselves, we are totally oblivious to any negative traits and attitudes; or we’re not willing to change; it’s the other person’s fault. There is a danger when we allow certain traits and attitudes to continue because we will become self-righteous. You will begin to make your own rules for living a godly life, and not do what God prescribes. The song, Man in the Mirror, by Michael Jackson says, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to make a change. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”

The prophet Jonah had a problem with change and self-examination. Prophets tell what thus says the Lord. But Jonah refused to obey God. He refused to change and tell the people of Nineveh to repent. Instead, he fled to Tarshish to escape God’s presence. He was self-righteous, disobedient, and lacked compassion. Yet, God extended mercy to Jonah and Nineveh. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Once we are a hearer to the Word of God, we must do the Word.


Search me, Lord. You made me in your image. Take out everything that shouldn’t be, and set me free in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture Reference


Meditation Song

Make Me Like You (Bryan McCleery)