Bible Society of South Africa

How to Live – Day 7

Examine Your Heart at the Lord’s Supper.

Bible text(s)

28So then, you should all examine yourselves first, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup.

1 Corinthians 11:28GNBOpen in Bible reader

23Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Proverbs 4:23GNBOpen in Bible reader

9“Who can understand the human heart?

There is nothing else so deceitful;

it is too sick to be healed.


Jeremiah 17:9GNBOpen in Bible reader

7their hearts pour out evil,

and their minds are busy with wicked schemes.

Psalms 73:7GNBOpen in Bible reader

Thus when Paul has a serious conversation with the Corinthians on the taking of communion, it is not surprising that his first point of reference is to the condition of their hearts. He knows that the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure (Jeremiah 17:9) and that “From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits.” (Psalm 73:7)

To prevent them eating from the bread or drinking from the cup of the Lord unworthily, he asked his readers to thoroughly examine their own hearts, less they sin against the body and blood of the Lord.

What must we look out for when we put our own hearts under a searchlight? Firstly, be certain that you have thought about and clearly understand what the bread and wine actually means. The bread is a reminder of Christ’s bodily sacrifice and the wine of his blood that was shed on the cross, so that our relationship with God could be restored. The question you must ask of yourself is: Have I accepted the gift of a restored relationship and a brand new life?

Secondly, does my lifestyle testify to this restored relationship and a life with God? Before you answer, yes, read this first: Do you love God with every fibre of your being – with all your heart, soul, strength and mind … and your neighbour as yourself? That is the commandment which covers all the others!

It is at the last part of the commandment that we usually waiver – we do not love people as much as we love ourselves. We struggle to forgive people, to put their interests before our own, to bury the hatchet and resolve differences selflessly. If we are not willing to examine ourselves and allow the Word and the Holy Spirit to bring to light those things which should not be part of our lives, we run the risk of unworthily partaking in communion – with heart-breaking consequences. The solution? Search your heart and get rid of the undesirable elements!

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