Beating myself up

“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”  1 John 3:19-20.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 28-30, and 1 John 3.

If I am doing something wrong I want God to prick my conscience about it.

Today’s verses guide me away from constantly seeing God as Judge and nothing else.  I must stop being perpetually gloomy because of not being perfectly holy.

God is also a God of love.  He doesn’t want me sinning but He also knows that sinners will sin.  He reads my heart and notes my intentions.

These verses are obviously for believers.  If you aren’t a believer you need to be clearly tuned to the consequences of your sins: Eternal separation from God.

As a believer, sins are an indication of my former state and a reminder of where I’ve come from and where I don’t want to return to.  They provide plenty of “O, I’m sorry” opportunities.  God knows the genuineness of these apologies.  If I truly love Him, I can’t help but apologize and glow in the fact that He has promised to forgive me.

I must strike an accurate middle ground in my daily walk regarding the God of Love and the God of Justice.  If I’m condemning others and myself too much then I have overplayed the God of Justice part.  If I’m ignoring my sins and the sins of others too much I’m overplaying the God of Love part.  Walking the fine middle line takes an on-going tight relationship to God.  He will lead me to get justice and love right.  I need Him every second!

“Lord, forgive me for misunderstanding how to live as a believer.  Forgive me for wallowing in self-condemnation.  Forgive me for excusing sin.  Help me to function in a way that pleases You.  Help me to react to sin as You want me to.  Prick my conscience when I mess it up in either direction.  I love You, Lord.”

God is a God of Justice and of Love.  Can we get the balance right between the two?

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