Daily Proverbial, from 1 John, 1 April 2013

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:  If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3, verses 19 and 20.

Happy Easter!  Now comes the tough part.

It’s tough because Easter should be a real celebration.   It should be a truly fun thing to celebrate the resurrection.   Thanks to Jesus, death has no more power over us.  When you think about it, we’ve been given a gift of nothing.   Because nothing was in the grave, we are free.   Because Jesus awoke from death and walked out, we are released from all guilt.  We are no longer have to go on in our sins. 

Today, the day after, it’s time to move forward with how we will use that knowledge.   Per these verses, the best place to start is to rest in His presence and listen to our hearts.   If my heart still hurts from something that happened, then it’s important to me; if it’s important to me, it’s important to God because God knows us fully and loves us fully:   fully enough to die and rise for us.  When there are things that make me sad, hurting or depressed, or if there are matters of conscience that trouble us, then those need to be resolved.

Lie to your husband?   Confess it.   Cheat on a test at school?  Confess it.  Hurt from something said to you?  Confess it.  Worried that something you did will cause trouble or be found out?   Confess it.

I’ve done those things and I bet you’ve done some of them too.   The start of making them alright is sorting out what’s bothering us.   Confess it to God honestly.   Get to the root of the problem and pull it out.   Talk with God about it, no matter how you feel.  Generally, that makes things better, and it’s the start of more.   I’m sure a psychologist could tell you about the healing powers of confession and absolution, and there’s validity to that.  I’m here to tell you that it’s what God wants.   He wants us to fully love Him in return for that full love He gives us, and that starts by us telling Him what’s in our hearts.

The day after any big occasion can be a let-down, so let’s change it up this year.   The gift of nothing in the tomb is too good to bottle up, so let’s live Easter lives this year, getting down to the heart of the matter and opening up from inside.  What matters to us matters to God because the Lord wants what’s best for us, and for us to rest in His grace.  That begins today inside each one of us.

Easter Lord, thank you for giving me a heart to feel, to open, and to love.   Seek what is in my heart and help me to confess and open to You.

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