“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts:
To recapitulate, self-examination is helpful if we are humble and acknowledge that only God can show us where we have gone wrong. Being humble implies that we distrust ourselves and do not depend on our own intellect in the process of self-examination. Also, certain conditions have to be fulfilled for conscience to be reliable.
Depending on the circumstances, self-examination can be a help or hindrance in our spiritual transformation.
“Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1Timothy 4:16).