from Jonathan Edwards’ Questions for Self-Examination:
2. Is my heart eager to learn of “any wicked way” in me?
Do I honestly desire to find the sin that hides in the corners of my heart, or do I want to simply pretend it isn’t there?
Once I have battled by the power of the Spirit to overcome one besetting sin, am I eager to see and conquer the next? Or, am I content instead being just ‘a little more’ holy, and leaving other sins tucked away?
When my heart learns of a wicked way in me, am I quick to lie to myself and deny that way’s wickedness? Am I quick to blame others, or my circumstances, or anything but my own fallen heart?
Or, do I confess that wicked way and rejoice in the finished work of Christ on the cross, who lived a perfect life in my place? Do I rejoice that as His child I am justified, and I can freely admit my failures without ungodly sorrow or excuses, knowing that my Father sees Christ when He looks at me?
Do I eagerly seek the sin in my heart, with a desire to lay it in submission to my Father and watch as He makes me more and more holy like Christ my Savior?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” ~ Psalm 139:23–24 (KJV)