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November 17, 2022

If we live like this, we shall know that we are children of the truth and can reassure ourselves in the sight of God, even if our own hearts make us feel guilty. For God is infinitely greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:19–20 (PHILLIPS)

Do you find yourself avoiding silence? Maybe you keep busy so that you don't have to slow down and be alone with your thoughts. If you feel a nagging sense of unease or guilt when things get quiet, it could be that your heart is condemning you.

You might put on a brave face and fool everyone else into thinking your life is perfect, but you can't fool your own heart. Neither can you fool God. He already knows everything, so you may as well drop your façade and be real with Him.

When you're keeping a secret from someone, you have to walk on eggshells. But once the secret is out, it no longer has power to bring fear. That's the way it is with God. First John 3:20 says He is "infinitely greater than your heart." That means He's greater than any secret shame, crazy thought or teenaged sin. And all of it has been dealt with on the cross.

In fact, Galatians 2:20 says, "I have been crucified with Christ... and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Look to Jesus and realize how much He values you. You're forgiven, fully accepted and loved. Start every day by thanking Jesus for exchanging His life for yours, and this truth that you are righteous will guard and protect your heart from all thoughts of shame!

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