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 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
College Press NIV Commentary: Our love helps us to know whether we belong to the truth. John tells us that when we know that our hearts condemn us, our love is insufficient. Since God is greater than our hearts, then he can know who we are and what we are. Let us not try to deceive God by having only a “love with words or tongue.” God knows our hearts. We can set our hearts at rest in his presence if we are obedient to his command. We know that we “belong to the truth” when our consciences are at ease in his presence.
The book of 1 John offers wisdom that can comfort or convict. Should a Christian ever feel guilty to the point of self-condemnation? What is Christian behavior in matters where there is no express command from God? How does the habit of believing Christ and loving our brothers affirm the deity of Christ? How does the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives affirm the deity of Christ? are just some of the questions that might come up while reading 1 John. Different denominations can have different answers to these same questions. Have you ever wondered how that could be?
The College Press NIV Commentary is a massive verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Bible based on the ideals of the Restoration Movement. The Restoration Movement has been based on bringing all Christians together on the common ground of God’s Word and examples of the New Testament Church. This commentary intelligently explores how differing views of the original text have affected different doctrines of the faith. Along with commentary, each book also includes discussion questions that can help you to figure out your own thoughts to questions like the ones above, plus review questions if you are preaching or teaching. But we want you to see for yourself.
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