Why Does He Say This?

1 John 3:20, “For if our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart and knows everything.”
This must be read with the immediate context, of course! Still, what exactly is he saying and why is he saying it?
Is it possible for our heart to condemn us and God, who knows our heart and our limits does not do that?
Is 3:20 assurance to self-doubters but who who do not doubt the God who became incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth?
Is the condemnation justified self condemnation?
He addresses them as “beloved” in this context why might their hearts condemn them!
Some of them have hearts that “condemn” them and some  have hearts that don’t condemn them.
Do you have something thoughtful to share with us about this?

God bless us all this incoming year according to our particular needs in our particular life situations and in the specific times of special need.

In the love of God,
jmcg
 

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About Jim McGuiggan

Jim McGuiggan was Ethel's husband for fifty-three years. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Ethel went to be with Christ on Easter Sunday, 2009 at the close of a gallant life. He has written some books including: Celebrating the Wrath of God; Heading Home with God; Life on the Ash Heap; Jesus: Hero of Thy Soul; The God of the Towel, The Scarlet Letter; and The Dragon Slayer.

4 thoughts on “Why Does He Say This?

  1. ichthus007

    Have a Blessed New Year. Peace

    On Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 14:56 Spending Time with Jim McGuiggan wrote:

    > Jim McGuiggan posted: “1 John 3:20, “For if our heart condemns us God is > greater than our heart and knows everything.” This must be read with the > immediate context, of course! Still, what exactly is he saying and why is > he saying it? Is it possible for our heart to condemn us a” >

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  2. Larry Tittle

    The love that is under consideration is decidedly tangible. (vs 18). I am wondering if what Jesus said about what comes out out of man defiles him because it comes from the heart (Mk 7, Mt 15) helps here. Actions speak to the condition or conditioning of the heart. We are to love with action. If we say we love but have no tangible love-driven actions then it is our heart that is out of sink, and God, who is above our heart, sees beyond actions or lack thereof right down into our heart. So it is our heart that condemns us, not the lack of or inappropriate actions. If our heart is properly conditioned we are perfectly positioned before God. (vs 21)

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