For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. – 1 John 3:20 (KJV, emphasis mine)
“You had better ‘lawyer up’ because I will see you in court!” These are not the kind of words that anyone would welcome! The thought of securing representation and standing before a judge can take discomfort to another level. However, did you know that when your heart is not submissive to the spirit of God it will turn into a pernicious prosecutor that purposes to place you in a jail of guilt? Too often when we fail God, compromise our convictions or break promises, our heart immediately leaps to accuse us and wrap us in chains of defeat. By dwelling on our failures, we baptize ourselves in an unbiblical beat-down.
If you consistently conduct this contemptible court session, you must immediately pause and challenge your carnality with this question: Who has a bigger heart: you or our great God who loves us with an eternal love? So when our heart condemns us, we can remind ourselves that God takes into account all of those things which our heart chooses to ignore at that moment of condemnation. Let's take our hearts to court versus God and scrutinize our hearts with the Scripture.
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”- Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.” - Psalms 91:14 (KJV)
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:39 (KJV)
Our guilt-ridden heart can be convicted by realizing that God is well aware of our fundamental commitment to the truth. Remember Peter’s response to the Lord’s question, “Do you love Me?” Peter replied, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You” (John 21:17).
God knows that we truly love Him in our failures because our hearts are willing but our spirits are weak. When we know that God knows that we love Him it cancels out the condemnation of our hearts. So, have a heart (His heart) when your heart gives you the verdict of guilty and unforgivable or unworthy!
For the Glory of God,