Self-examination is a vital part of healthy Christian discipleship. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul told the Corinthian church “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul also said that a failure to practice proper self-examination before receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion could potentially cause death! The righteous man Job once said to God “How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.” (Job 13:23).

Taking time to evaluate the degree of our actual, practical, lifestyle holiness enables us to remember the depth of our need for Jesus and the Cross. That said, the command of scripture is to actually be holy here and now, in this life. The Bible says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48) and “As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16). The Holy Spirit enables us to rid our lives of sin with power, yet we too play a part by identifying areas of our life that are, in fact, unholy.

The following guide for daily self-examination is based on John Wesley’s own process of confession and reflection. These questions can be used at any time of the day, but reading them in the evening can be a helpful way to review each day.

SUNDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: The Love of God

  • Have I taken time to think about how perfect, merciful, wonderful and glorious the Lord is?
  • Have I done all in my power to use my time in a way that best serves God?
  • Am I being faithful to spend time with God in prayer and devotion?
  • Am I enjoying prayer?
  • Am I enjoying hearing from God through His word?

MONDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: Love of Neighbor

  • Other than my faith and obedience to God, have I considered anything I possess too important to part with to help or serve my neighbor?
  • Did I rejoice with those around me who rejoiced, and did I mourn with those who were in mourning?
  • Have looked upon the problems my neighbor has with pity, and not with anger or impatience?
  • Have I corrected anyone regarding something unimportant, or where there was no likelihood of convincing them of their error?
  • Have I let other people, especially those that I thought were in the wrong, have the last word?

TUESDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: Humility

  • Have I taken or accepted credit for anything good that God did in, or through me?
  • Have I said or done anything in order to be praised by others?
  • Have I admitted that I was in the wrong to others when I realized it?
  • Have I bragged about myself, my accomplishments, my possessions, or any other thing to others, except in a case where God’s glory was in view?
  • Have I been willing for other people to think I am wrong, even when I am right unless the glory of God is at stake?

WEDNESDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: Self Denial

  • Have I done anything just because it felt good, without any other practical purpose in view?
  • Have I treated the difficult and inconvenient experiences in my life as a gift from God, used to shape me into the image of Jesus?
  • Have I made cheap excuses for not practicing self-denial?
  • Have I submitted my will to the will of others in order to give others their desires above my own, except in a case where God’s glory is at stake? In other words, have I placed other people’s desires above my own?
  • Have I taken advantage of every opportunity for self-denial, no matter how small?

THURSDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: Submission to God and Meekness

  • Have I sought with all my heart, soul, mind and strength to do the will of God, and His will only ?
  • Do I truly and fully want my will to be the same as God’s will?
  • Have I accepted everything that happens to me, that is not from my own choices, as a gift from God?
  • Have I been kind, joyful, and calm in every conversation, with every person?
  • Have I been harsh with my thoughts, words, or actions?

FRIDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: Self Denial

  • Have I done anything just because it felt good, without any other practical purpose in view?
  • Have I treated the difficult and inconvenient experiences in my life as a gift from God, used to shape me into the image of Jesus?
  • Have I made cheap excuses for not practicing self-denial?
  • Have I submitted my will to the will of others in order to give others their desires above my own , except in a case where God’s glory is at stake? In other words, have I placed other people’s desires above my own?
  • Have I taken advantage of every opportunity for self-denial, no matter how small?

SATURDAY

Daily Reflections:

  • Have I been faithful to think about God all throughout my day, beginning to end?
  • Have I diligently served God today?
  • Today did I do good to all people, at all times, and in all places?

Focus Virtue: Thankfulness

  • Have I been faithful to take time to thank God for his blessings in the past week?
  • Have I paid careful attention during the week to the things that God has done for me?
  • Have I considered every kind and good action of God in my life as a cause to love Him more, and as a reason to pursue holiness according to His commands?