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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Is the calling ourselves to a strict account for all the actions of our lives, comparing them with the word of God, the rule of duty; considering how much evil we have committed, and good we have omitted. It is a duty founded on a divine command, 2 Corinthians 13:5 . and ought to be,
6. With a desire of amendment.
This, though a legal duty, as some modern Christians would call it, is essential to our improvement, our felicity, and interest. "They, " says Mr. Wiberforce, (Pract. View.) "who, in a crazy vessel, navigate a sea wherein are shoals and currents innumerable, if they would keep their course, or reach their port in safety, must carefully repair the smallest injuries, and often throw out their line, and take their observations. In the voyage of life, also, the Christian who would not make shipwreck on his faith, while he is habitually watchful and provident, must make it his express business to look into his state, and ascertain his progress."
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Self-Examination'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​cbd/​s/self-examination.html. 1802.