More from chapter 6 (The Battle for Holiness) of Jerry Bridges’s The Pursuit of Holiness. Some of my thoughts on this quote follow.
If we try to search our own hearts, we are apt to fall into one or both of two traps. The first is the trap of morbid introspection. Introspection can easily become the tool of Satan, who is called the “accuser” (Revelation 12:10). One of his chief weapons is discouragement. He knows that if he can make us discouraged and dispirited, we will not fight the battle for holiness.
The second trap is that of missing the real issues in our lives. The deceitfulness of Satan and of our own hearts will lead us to focus on secondary issues. (p.62, 1996 edition)
For me, this distinction between searching our own hearts and allowing the Spirit to search our hearts is quite helpful. Christians “wrestling” with sin can often be a disguise for this “morbid introspection” to which Bridges refers, and it can even be commended by some. So, how can we allow the Spirit to search our hearts? Through personal reading and study of the Bible, asking for the help of the Spirit, along with the regular preaching of the Word and other interaction with the people of God.
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