2 Corinthians: 5-10 A plea for self-examination.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?; unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
i. We are rightly concerned that every believer has the assurance of salvation and knows how to endure the attacks that come in this area from Satan. At the same time we also understand that there are some who assume or presume they are Christians when they are not. It is a challenge to all: Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
ii. We are often very ready to examine and test others, but first - and always first - we must examine and test ourselves. "That was the trouble at Corinth. They criticized Paul and failed to examine themselves." (Redpath)
iii. "To examine yourself, in fact, is to submit to the examination and scrutiny of Jesus Christ the Lord - and this never to fix attention on sin but on Christ - and to ask Him to reveal that in you which grieves His Spirit; to ask Him to give you grace that it might be put away and cleansed in His precious blood." Self-examination "takes the chill away from your soul, it takes the hardness away from your heart, it takes the shadows away from your life, it sets the prisoner free." (Redpath)
God asks us to search ourselves as we may be deceiving ourselves and feel that we are exhibiting the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and may not be.
So I put together the definitions of the words used in Galatians 5:22-23 NIV.
The definitions have been cut back a bit in order to save space. But you may look them up yourselves to read them more completely. The definitions are all from secular dictionaries. However you will find they mostly correspond with Biblical dictionaries.I challenge you to examine yourselves as I examine myself. As I, you may see things in the definitions that you are doing in the antonyms sections. Along with the definitions, I check the Symons and Antonyms. The antonyms are the opposite of the definition of the word helping me to know. Rather than looking at the words on the surface and saying, yes, I am doing or am all of these – I preferred to “test” myself to see if I am doing anyone of the antonyms descriptions. Then lend myself to God’s Holy Spirit for more training in those areas.
Love:1.A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.
Antonyms: Disloyalty, Neglect, Animosity, Ill Will.
Joy: (noun) great happiness, pleasure. Antonyms: depression, melancholy, Misery, sadness, seriousness, discouragement, mourning, woe.
Synonyms:peace of mind, mental freedom, calmness, comfort, contentment,
happiness, pleasure, satisfaction, serenity, tranquility, well-being,
clear conscience, exuberance, fulfillment.
Peace: "peace" an absence of civil disturbance or hostilities, a personality free from internal and external strife. "to be complete" or "to be sound." The verb conveys both a dynamic and a static meaning" to be complete or whole" or "to live well."
Synonyms for peace
harmony, agreement, accord, friendship, love, reconciliation, truce, unity, conciliation, neutrality, order, pacifism
agitation, commotion, disquiet, disturbance, excitement, motion, movement, restlessness, rush, stir, strain, toil, tumult, unrest, work
1. patience, restraint, tolerance, long-suffering, moderation, self-control, leniency, temperance, mildness, lenity, high degree of tolerance.patience anger, impatience, intolerance, irritability, shortness, impetuosity
1. The capacity of enduring hardship or inconvenience without complaint:
long-suffering, patience, resignation, tolerance.
Synonyms: for forbearance
avoidance, fortitude, self-control, endurance, moderation, patience, restraint, tolerance, going easy on
Antonyms: agitation, excess, impatience, indulgence, intemperance, intolerance, use
compassion, generosity,helping act, service, involvement
Synonyms for kindness
compassion, generosity, affection, altruism, cordiality, courtesy, decency, gentleness, graciousness, hospitality, sweetness, tenderness, tolerance, philanthropy, serviceability, tact, thoughtfulness
Antonyms for kindness
animosity, hatred, hostility, ill will, indecency, indifference, intolerance, meanness, mercilessness, selfishness, thoughtlessness, cruelty, harshness
Since this is getting a little long I will ask you to look up the other 3 Fruits of the Spirit on your own. It is an easy job, your on the computer now - type the word in I the address line, hit the enter key and it will pop up. If you only want the Biblical definition make sure to ask for that as well. Using your Biblical and secular dictionaries to look up words from the Bible scriptures give a more in-depth understanding or the Word and do indeed help us to grow in word and knowledge.
I like this. By the way , do you know there is discipleship study about "self examination" using the Bible. Maybe you are already taking or had it before. It is from Biblical Counseling Foundation (BCF).