Self-examination is not altogether a wholesome exercise, and it may be easily carried too far, to the destruction of the spontaneity and the gladness of the Christian life.  A man may set his pulse going irregularly by simply concentrating his attention upon it, and there may be self-examination of the wrong sort, which does harm rather than good.  But, on the other hand, we all need to verify our position, lest our outward life should fatally slip away from correspondence with our inward. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on John 16.20-32.


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