Saturday, July 7, 2018


I John 3:19-20

Have there been moments in your sport career when you found yourself burdened by feelings of guilt or condemnation?  How did you deal with those feelings?  From where do those feelings come?  Today’s scripture offers some answers for how to deal with our hearts.

In John’s first letter at chapter 3 and verses 19 and 20 we read, “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us.  For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”  John gives us invaluable counsel for handling our condemned hearts.

Those whose hearts have been renewed through relationship with Christ have the power of God at work in them.  Even when their hearts feel condemned because of foolish choices or selfish actions, they can rest in His presence.  He won’t condemn them for their errors.  God is greater than our hearts and knows everything about us.

It’s a lot like a coach who so loves and trusts his/her players that he/she has full confidence that even if they play the worst game of their lives, they still have the favor and acceptance of their coach.  They can rest in his/her presence.  The coach is greater than their hearts and knows they gave their best.

As you prepare to compete today, let your commitment lead you to play your heart out.  Trust your teammates, your coaches and your God to give you the freedom to be your best.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 8:40-56
Colossians 3:15-25
Psalms 130-131