<<reflect, analyse>>

After God created each day He reviewed His handiwork and saw that it was “good” or “very good” (Gen 1:3-21). Personal reflection or evaluation should be a daily exercise; it will turn our experiences into insights and lead to wisdom, so we will grow, move forward and not just repeat the same mistakes, while giving encouragement about the things that we considered we did well. This exercise keeps our spirit tender and sensitive to the Holy Spirit who can speak to us about issues that need addressing. Some people record their daily journey (known as journaling), so they have a written record of their significant natural and spiritual observations.

“Each should test his own actions” and modify them as appropriate, knowing it is ultimately before God we all must

Review each day so you can improve in the future

give account (Mt 12:36; Rom 14:12; Gal 6:4; 1 Pet 4:5). Evaluation or feedback, especially from others in accountability indicates things that need attention besides giving encouragement for what is done well, as we can be blind to our faults and abilities.

Learn from the past; “Remember all the way God has lead you” (Deut 8:2). As you recall the way God has guided you, you can move ahead with confidence and with a grateful heart. Don’t continually replay the negative things others may have done to you, rather lovingly ‘forgive and forget’ while ensuring you don’t make these same ‘mistakes’. Instead fill your memory with the good and positive things, counting the blessings already received (Phil 4:8). 

As you grow in your Christian life, don’t lose sight of the fact it’s only through the grace of God that you are on the way to heaven.  The cross of Christ is where it started and He is to remain our central focus for salvation can’t be obtained by any effort of ours (Eph 2:8,9; 2 Pet 1:12-15).

See also: accountability, assessment, examine, journaling, past, remember, thinking/thoughts.


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