Peace For A Condemned Heart by Jesse Hendley

PEACE FOR A CONDEMNED HEART
Jesse M. Hendley
I John 3:19-20

Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me
to First John 3:19 and 20. We are taking up one of
the most blessed studies in the Bible: "A Condemned
Heart and What to Do About It." Have you ever had
your heart to condemn you? Have you seen your
failures and sins, your sinful nature and have you
become discouraged and sometimes even doubt your
salvation? Well, this is an interesting study, and
may God make it a blessing to our hearts.

Assurance We Are Christians

First of all, we have Christian Assurance in verse
19. "And hereby we know that we are of the truth and
shall assure our hearts before Him." Literally, "In
this we shall know that we are out of the truth (that
we have the Source of our life in truth and that we
are living in the truth before Him) and shall assure
our hearts before Him."

How can a sinner stand with an assured heart before
God? Assured? The word assured here means "to
prevail upon, to win over, to persuade." How can I
persuade myself when I look at my heart (look
inside and see my sins and failures) that I stand
before God in assurance and peace? How can I do
that? When our hearts condemn us, we assure our
hearts because God is greater than our hearts! That
is our assurance.

The Greatness of God

Now let's look at it again with verse 20. "If our
heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and
knoweth all things." God's greatness is our con-
fidence, when we are condemned. We assure and
comfort and quiet our hearts in His Presence, in
whatever it may condemn us. Because we are living
in communion and fellowship with God, we have His
Word and His Presence, and He assures us of His
perfect mercy and grace, in spite of our sins and
failures, because Christ has put them away at the
cross. God is greater that our heart! Isn't that
wonderful? So I can stand in the Presence of God
with an assur ...


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