Step 4

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

“Let us examine ourselves and repent and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and our hands to Him in heaven.” Lamentations 3:40-41

Digging out a written inventory of our life sounds like a whole lot of hard work!  We may take an occasional peek into our past, and it usually just makes us feel more guilty!  So we may think any “inventory” we might do would have to be FEARFUL.  This step talks about a “moral” inventory.  When a store takes stock of its inventory, it counts every single item, both good and bad.  This means that besides all our negatives, we need to consider our positives too, careful not to miss anything!

A.    Principle of cataloging:

  • Psa. 32:3-5                      Jer. 3:13-14
  • Psa. 51:3                         Jer. 14:20-22
  • Prov. 28:13                      I John 1:5-10
  • Isa. 59:9-12                      Lam. 3:39-40
  • Lam. 3:19-23                   Psa. 6:9

B.    Inventory of ourselves:

  • Matt. 7:1-5                       2 Pet. 1:5-10
  • Mark 7:14-23                   Psa. 139:23-24
  • 2 Cor. 13:4-5                    Dan. 2:22
  • Heb. 4:12-16                    Jer. 17:9-10

C.    Willingness to forgive:

  • Matt. 6:14-15                   Col. 3:12-13
  • Eph. 4:31-32                    Dan. 2:22

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