Follow Your Conscience
Hearts at Rest
Scripture: 1 John 3:19
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence
The Apostle John, in our scripture for today, speaks of a heart condemned and a heart at rest. Other translations refer to these conditions as feeling guilty or feeling confident. These phrases categorize the two conditions that guide our journey with God. After all decisions and all behaviors, we will feel one of two ways. We often feel confident, or at least nothing – we might say, “at rest.” The decisions and behaviors that result in these feelings, keep our fellowship with God flourishing.
The decisions and behaviors that result in us feeling condemned or guilty, interrupt our fellowship flow with God! This is not to say that God has left us or is condemning us. Rather, this condition describes what we “feel.” Out of God’s love for us, He uses these feelings of guilt to direct us back to full fellowship with Him. The apostle John himself uses this description in 1 John 1:3-4: We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
If we plan to enjoy the guiding hand of God in our daily life, we must stay focused on maintaining the great feelings of full fellowship. Once our hearts start condemning us, we start feeling isolated from God and uncomfortable in His presence. Again, let me emphasize, I am speaking of our feelings after poor choices. God’s love and presence are steadfast, and He is always ready to forgive. The apostle John says it best: “For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything” (1 John 3:20c). I want to so live my life that I can enjoy the peace and rest that comes as a result of this decision!
Father, please help me to make good decisions today. Work in me so I want and act according to your good purposes. In Jesus’ Name, amen.