We make excuses for sin just like Adam and Eve. Sometimes we need to hide for a minute to convince ourselves we really didn’t do anything wrong or find someone else to blame for our disobedience. Some sins don’t appear to be hurting us right away making us think we can change on our own. Instead of trying to hide, let us come face to face with the God who Loves us unconditionally. God is aware of our hearts and every action we make. When we sincerely repent, He immediately wipes our sin away.
1 John 3:20 says, “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” Here John reminds us that God is greater than our feelings of guilt, and He is greater than the mistakes we make when we sin.
Today, we often use the word heart to refer to the organ that pumps blood through the body. However, in the Bible the word heart usually refers to someone’s emotions or desires—the center of his will or his true self. This is true of both God and huManity. For example, God refers to king David as “a Man after My own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). In other words, David sought to do all that God had willed. In Mark 7:21–22, Jesus says that out of a person’s heart flow sinful and evil desires.
In Matthew 6:9 (KJV), we read, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven.” The phrase “Thy will be done” expresses a recognition that God’s will should be followed and respected.
When John says that that God is greater than our hearts, he’s telling us that God is greater than our desires, emotions, and wills.
1 John 3:20 l begins with a conditional clause: If our hearts condemn us. This is a reference to the conviction and guilt a believer feels when he or she sins. Such a feeling is actually a sign of a mature and growing faith in a believer—it shows he is aware of his sin and his continued need for God. But those who are in Christ can be assured of their salvation and the forgiveness they have received from God (Hebrews 10:22). In other words, they can trust that God is greater than the sins that flow out of their hearts.
1 John 3:20 ends by reminding us that God “knows everything“—He is Omniscience. He knows every action we take and every motive in our hearts. He knows our sin. He also knows what we’re thinking and feeling when we sin. Yet He wants us to know that He’s bigger and greater than all of that, and He wants us to rest in that truth.
Omniscience means all-knowing. God is all-knowing in the sense that He is aware of the past, present, and future. Nothing takes Him by surprise.
So, when we feel convicted for our sins, 1 John 3:20 reminds us that God’s love is greater than that conviction. When a believer sins, he or she should not wallow in guilt or fear before God but rather ask for His forgiveness and rest in the truth that He is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9). When a believer remembers his or her past sins, however awful they may be, he or she should not despair but trust that God is greater than our past. Hebrews 4:16 gives us this encouragement: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
And we pray:
Father, please help us stop hiding our sin. We can repent sincerely because You love us unconditionally. In Jesus’ Name we ask for forgiveness and mercy, Amen.