|This week the devotions will be random selections from my book.
19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. We know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.—1 John 3:19–20
Love is an action verb, part two. John gave us clarity in the previous verses that love is not just knowledge but action based on knowledge. He presses the idea further by saying it is a leading indicator of belonging to Christ. “This then is how we know…” When the biblical writers use this phrase, it takes the concept to the commandment level. We have no choice at this point. In this case it is how we know our heart is one with Christ, and notice how our hearts become at rest in his presence after coming under condemnation and conviction. When we are obedient, our hearts are at rest. How do you deal with the conviction laid upon your heart? Take action based on the conviction. A promise to do better or change or maybe do it next time only fertilizes the guilt. Rest assured God is greater than the conviction of your heart and will provide the necessary means to appropriately love and belong to the truth.
As condemnation comes upon our heart, O God, show us the way to be at rest in your presence. Our desire is to belong to the truth, to live out the truth, and to be the truth whenever the need arises. Give us courage to love in improbable ways, in ways that may seem impossible. Give us courage to love in countercultural ways, in ways that turn heads in amazement. Not for our glory but yours. May truth lead us in every thought and action. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.