WHY DO I FEEL CONDEMNED?
Jesse M. Hendley
I John 3:20-21
Now if you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me
to First John, the 3rd chapter, verses 20 through
21, and I want to complete a study I began yesterday
from the Word of God on the clarity of the plan of
salvation, the clearness of God's plan of salvation,
answering a lady's question over a telephone, which
I feel will be an answer to many hearts that are
troubled about this question. This lady asked the
question, "Can a Christian commit the unpardonable
sin?" And I called attention to the fact that the
answer is NO, for in John 14, verse 16, God's Word
says plainly that the Spirit of God, when He comes,
abides forever. So then she raised the question,
"Why do I feel condemned?" And I called attention to
First John 3:20 and 21. A Christian feels condemned
when that Christian allows things in his or her life
that are in direct violation of the Word of God and
the will of God, or, when that Christian neglects
spiritual things. If you neglect spiritual things
you cannot expect to be a happy Christian. If you
don't eat three good meals a day you can't be a
happy person physically, starving yourself. And if
you neglect your loved ones and friends you can't be
very happy, can you? So, heart condemnation comes
from violation of the will of God and Word of God
and neglect of obedience to spiritual things.
Now let me read to you First John 3:20 and 21. I'd
better begin at verse 19. "Hereby we know that we
are of the Truth and shall assure our hearts before
Him (that is, God). If our heart condemn us, God is
greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we
confidence (or boldness) toward God and whatsoever
we ask we receive of Him, because we keep His com-
mandments and do those things that are pleasing in
His sight. And this is His commandment, that we
should believe on the name of His Son, J ...
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