” But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work ( examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior ), and then he can have personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. ” – Galatians 6: 4.
We are to bear one another’s burdens. So we shall fulfill the law of Christ. This obliges to mutual forbearance and compassion towards each other, agreeably to this example. The Man who forms an improper estimate of his character will be sure, to be disappointed. The man who examines himself, and who forms no extravagant expectation in regard to what is due to himself, will be appropriately rewarded, and will be made happy. If, by careful examination of himself, he finds his life to be virtuous, and his course of conduct pure; if he has done no wrong to others, and if he finds evidence that he is a child of God, then he will have cause of rejoicing. ” A good man shall be satisfied from himself “. Proverbs 14: 14. He will find a source of pure joy within himself. He will not be dependent on the applause of others for happiness here.
Here is the true secret of happiness. It consists:
- in not forming an improper estimate of ourselves, in knowing just what we are;
- in leading such a life that it may be examined to the core, that we may know exactly what we are without being distressed or pained;
- in not being dependent on the fickle applause of the world for our comfort.