In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul suggested I examine myself. (I would much rather examine you.) Unless that self-examination is conducted under the guidance of the Holy Spirit it is likely to produce inaccurate results. In fact, I should think of it as a Holy Spirit exam rather than a self exam.
Then I am expected to live my life on the basis of the results of that examination. Any other behavior would be the sin of not being obedient to God’s directions.
For some reason many Christians want to please God by obeying the rules He gave rather than by establishing a relationship with the son He sent.
The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were rule followers who never “walked up the down staircase.” But in their blind efforts to be obedient, they missed the thrill of knowing Jesus as friend and brother.
May I never stop enjoying my relationship with my Savior.
In every church there are those who are contagious in their joy and those who are cranky in the boredom. I need to be careful which group I spend time with and allow to influence me.