After reviewing the message notes, take some time to prayerfully consider the following verses. As you do, ask God to help you become more aware of your personal tendencies to justify or ignore sinful attitudes and actions. Also, ask Him to help you take that awareness and make deliberate changes so that you can experience the freedom and joy He gives to those who humbly trust and obey Him.
God corrects and disciplines us for our own good…
5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. 6 For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” 7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Hebrews 12:5-11 (NLT)
The Bible shows us the way God wants us to live. When we get off track…
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT)
God knows us fully and completely…
People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.
Proverbs 21:2 (NLT)
We can always "prove" that we are right, but is the Lord convinced?
Proverbs 16:2 (TLB)
When we humbly acknowledge our faults, God is ready to forgive and restore us!
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 1:8-9 (NLT)