“Doubt” is the perfect word to character my young, Christian faith. Before I was saved, I lived as a false convert, continually haunted by doubts of my salvation—which in turn led me to striveto keep my favoredstanding before God with works. When I became a Christian and recognized that salvation is by faith alone because of God’s grace, I still struggled with doubt. My legalistic ways were difficult to let go of. I doubted that God could truly love a wretch like me, and could continue to love me despite my sin.
1 John came as a healing balm to my doubt during that first year of my Christian walk, and these verses were my comfort:
“By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:19-20 ESV).
If you feel like you are wasting away in sorrowful doubt, I hope that these verses can bring you the assurance they brought me, as we examine the proof and basis for our salvation, and discover how to assure our hearts when they condemn us.
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