Last summer we were at an event where a friend asked me a question concerning a conversation we had started earlier in the day. Unfortunately, another friend, who hadn’t heard our previous conversation, didn’t understand the context of my comment and was offended. She graciously left the conversation never saying a word. However, a few days later, another friend told me how it had upset her and I felt horrible. Honestly, I didn’t sleep very well for a few nights and finally just called her to see if I could come over to talk. I shared the “entire” story and apologized for hurting her feelings. She received it with the gracious nature I always see her display. She explained that she was fine and was sorry that I had been so upset by it.
Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight. 23 Now this is His command: that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us. 1 John 3:21-23
The definition of conscience is: the part of the mind that makes you aware of your actions as being either morally right or wrong; a feeling that something you have done is morally wrong
I’m certainly not saying we shouldn’t do the right thing, right a wrong that has been done or apologize. When the Holy Spirit tugs on our hearts we should respond to seek forgiveness and restoration in relationships. What I want to highlight is that our conscience will often trick us into thinking we aren’t good enough for God’s love, forgiveness and grace. It takes over a judge and jury while we sit on trial, but that is God’s place. We are almost always harder on ourselves than anyone else could ever be. That’s why it was like a flashlight was spotlighting verse 21 for me.
“If our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God and can . . . . “
We may let go of God because our shame and guilt build up a wall around our hearts. We may let go of God because we feel like our past is to broken or we aren’t good enough. We may let go of God, but He never let’s go of us! Let’s not let our conscience condemn us! That is Satan and his lies. Let’s trust in God’s word and trust in the One who breathed life into man and placed the stars in the sky. Let’s trust in His love for us and give thanks for the blessings He has given and continues to give so we can stand with confidence at His throne in the final days.
Thank you to my friend and amazing artist, Polly, for the illustration today. Praying as we all look in the mirror we will remember who we are in Christ and everything else fades away.