These “Self-Exam” questions are for you to answer as an individual but your answers will indicate the health of your community/-ies as well as your personal health: our health is related to the health of those around us. We are of course especially concerned for the health of our local church community. We would like to be a model of well being! If the exam indicates areas in which your health can be improved, pray for healing—possibly asking others to join you in prayer. Sometimes the prayer can lead to asking others—perhaps your spouse, a friend, your pastor or a professional counselor—for help. All the questions and "Reasons for Concern" are taken from Ephesians 4:16--5:2.
elf-Exam Questions Reason for Concern
--Do you LIE? We are all members together in the body of Christ.
--When you speak with someone about
a problem, do you TELL THE TRUTH?
Do you SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE,
as last week’s reading asked us to do?
--Are you ANGRY? (v.26) Your anger can lead you into sin--to behavior
Some symptoms of anger: (v.31) that hurts others and hurts yourself.
bitterness: (harboring resentments) Don't give the Devil a chance!
simmering anger, gnawing hostility
yelling à lack of restraint
insults / slander: putting down others
hateful feelings of any sort
--Do you make sure that anger gives way
to peace by the time the sun goes down?
Do you steal? Stealing hurts yourself as well as others;
work enables you to help the poor.
--Have you used harmful (literally, “rotten”) words? Helpful words build up the body of Christ.
Your speech should help people in ways that
are needed, doing good to those who hear you.
--Have you done anything The Spirit is God's mark of ownership on you,
to make God's Holy Spirit sad? a guarantee that the Day will come
when God will set you free.
--Do you demonstrate kindness?
--When you see or hear of people
who are suffering, do you respond
--If you are hurt by someone, do you forgiven them? God has forgiven you through Christ.
--To what degree do you try to be like God? You are God's beloved children!
--Is your life controlled by love? Christ loved us and gave his life for us
as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice
that pleases God.