Introspection and discernment of personal thoughts and motives are skills sorely lacking in the patterns of our society.
The constant bombardment by entertainment and news (through our addiction to multimedia technologies) contributes to a personal condition that keeps us from dealing with anything deeper than the first few inches of the surface of the deep oceans of our hearts.
Taking time for devotions involves reading the scriptures, prayer, and personal introspection and discernment of our daily thoughts and motives. The more time we invest in personal training in the use of the Sword of the Spirit (the scriptures) and in prayer the more accurate we will be in doing surgery within our own hearts and lives.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
( Hebrews 4:12 )
The more surgical precision we can develop for use in our own lives, the more accurately and effectively we can help others who might ask for our counsel or feedback.