Don't Condemn
I John 3:19-24
19This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps God's commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
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It would be so easy to condemn these folks because they had a flat tire But there were good people who understood the phrase…”there but by the grace of God Go I”
Let’s look at this portion of scripture:
Verse 19
John has just said in verse 18 (Dear Children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth) that those who love like Jesus love in deed and truth – they practice their righteousness instead of just claiming it or feeling it. So it follows that those who do this are the ones who know they are of the truth. Loving in truth causes us to love in deed. Loving in deed is evidence that we are of the truth.
In this area of showing God’s love….When we pray we are either going to be assured or condemned. If our actions match our words we’ll be assured. But if they don’t…if our actions contradict our words, the knowledge of our actions will condemn us. It’s as if God is saying…I hear what you are saying…but I don’t really think…as a matter of fact… I know your heart contradicts you.
That’s why the last part of verse 20 is so important.
“We know that God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything.” The fact that we are in front of him in prayer means there is an opportunity to be corrected and right the ship as it were.
Should we sobered by this truth or encouraged? Since we cannot hide anything from God…we are walking into His court with nothing to hide. It’s all right there.
I think the answer to this question is yes to both. Sobered, while we are here on the Earth because we know one day we will stand before Him and encouraged because in spite of us we are still lovingly welcomed into His presence.
Whenyou look at the final few verses we can conclude that because we are His children and we have been invited to come boldly before Him we can have confidence that He will not only hear us but give us what we need when we need it.
But all of theses scriptures tell us that we should not spend our time on the attack of those who we think wronged us.
It’s a tough lesson…when someone hurts you or a loved one…we want to hurt them back.
We are human. God says…everyone knows we’re human…He wants everyone to know Him and to know Him through us!

2019-11-29 18:09:48