My heart was unsettled because of unkind words a friend had written to me.
Her words were unloving, unmerciful, and lacking in grace. Although I knew her accusations that I was not a good friend were formed through hurts caused by others, my heart latched on to the punishing words, leading to thoughts of failure in my friendships with other women.
Today I came across 1 John 3:20 during my quiet time. “for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything”.
Just what I needed to hear. God is bigger than my feelings of being inadequate. Even though “He knows everything” about me, He chooses to see me through the truth of His sacrificial love. His grace and mercy cover my failures, both real and imagined.
Sadly, the other person decided to end the friendship. I continue to pray for her. I know she is hurting and experiencing some hard times. When you are in relationship with another person, you will inevitably have a disagreement. But, when you love you someone, you just go through it and come out on the other side. God’s love does not condemn either one of us…so, why should my own heart?
Have you experienced a situation where your heart pronounced you guilty? How did God speak to you during this time?
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we allow emotions to punish ourselves and bring judgement when Your love brings grace and mercy to the situation. May we remember to always look to You for our strength and source of truth. Be with my friend today, may she know she is loved and cherished. Amen
(Original publish date: 11/11/14)
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