It’s a running joke at Asbury that whatever passage I just read, that’s my favorite on in the entire Bible. Yes, I do have my favorites, John 10:10, Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, or Romans 2:4, but today’s passage from our readings, this may be my favorite passage in all the Bible.
I think it is.
Listen to what we read today in 1 John 3:19-20:
And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
The toughest person in the world to forgive is ourselves. That’s why this passage is my favorite. That’s why I just love it so. So often, we are carrying around guilt that we shouldn’t. So often there is so much pain in our lives; so much shame; so much hurt because of past mistakes.
So many times in our lives, our main condemnation comes from ourselves. We are condemned by our own hearts. We carry that burden on ourselves. We can’t let go. We can’t move on. We just can’t let go of that past.
Yes, you can. You can let go. You can move on. You can forgive yourself. If you heart condemns you, if you past can’t escape your sight if you can’t let go, hear these words.
God doesn’t condemn us. For those of us in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. None. None. None.
You are forgiven. Today. You are. You can let it go. Yes, you can. You can let those past mistakes go.
Why? Because God has. God has moved on. So can you. CS Lewis said this – “I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”
If your heart condemns you today. If your past screams at you today. If you can’t let go of the past today.
Hear this. God has forgiven you. He has. Really. You are forgiven. Today.
He has forgiven you. You can forgive yourself. If you heart condemns you, know this. God doesn’t.
Forgiveness. That’s why this is my favorite passage.
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