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Self-examination should take place on the basis of God’s revelation of himself and the example he sets believers in Jesus Christ. It is especially important before confessing one’s sins.

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The importance of self-examination
Haggai 1:5 KJV 1900
Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
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A lack of self-examination leads to pride and self-delusion

1 Corinthians 11:28–29 KJV 1900
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
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Self-examination is not easy because of humanity’s fallen nature

Psalm 19:12–14 KJV 1900
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me: Then shall I be upright, And I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
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God helps believers in their self-examination

Psalm 26:2 KJV 1900
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my reins and my heart.
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The purpose of self-examination is to lead people to God and amendment of life
Lamentations 3:40–42 KJV 1900
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
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Self-examination is especially important when ministering to others

Galatians 6:1 KJV 1900
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
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