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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.19-22

We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him, in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3.19-22

Two words stick out in this passage – “condemn” and “confidence”. As we consider these verses we want some certainty that we are in the truth. We want our hearts to be assured as we stand before God. But some days we feel condemned rather than confident. Some days we feel condemned because we have sinned or as the previous verses revealed we failed to show love to our Christian family.

Have you ever done this? You committed a sin and genuinely asked God to forgive you. The scriptures declare that He forgave you but you still felt lousy. What do you do in that situation? Ask Him to forgive you again over and over? No. You only have to confess a sin one time and the blood of Jesus covers it. Self-condemnation is a tool of the devil that keeps us reminding God of things He's already forgotten.

John has repeatedly encouraged us in his letter to confess our sin, leave it behind, live in the grace of God¸ and began again to do works of righteousness. This gives us the confidence we need before God. Once we have confidence we can stand before Him and know He will provide for all our needs. It frees us to commune with the Father and ask in prayer as a child of God. This confidence also transforms us to desire obedience and to please our Father.

As you meditate and pray today, seek confidence before God and lay aside any condemnation.

Weekly Memory Verse: Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3.2-3