Tender Hearted

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1 John 3: 20 – 21, ‘For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God’.

It’s a misconception to think that the Holy Spirit condemns us when we sin. It’s simple. The Holy Spirit who is supposed to be a comforter to us, cannot also take up the opposite role of condemning us. The third person in the trinity cannot condemn when God justifies. It really doesn’t add up. We do however get condemned when we sin, by our self-own spirits.

It is your conscience, the voice of your spirit that knows when you have done something wrong and condemns you. In John 16: 7 – 9, we find out that the Holy Spirit will convict of only one sin; the sin of rejecting Jesus. After this, He takes up a new personality; Comforter.

Even when we mess up, it’s the Holy Spirit that encourages us. It’s the Holy Spirit that shows us the way back and helps us to clean up our act. The Holy Spirit is not only a comforter, but He’s also our counsellor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby.

The reason we think twice when we do something wrong as Christians is because we have new life in us. The nature of which is holy. Because of this, our spirits have been changed from what it used to be. Certain things can thus not fly anymore. The flesh may think it is business as usual, but your spirit knows that there’s a difference between now and yesterday.

A good way to crucify the flesh is by admitting to mistakes immediately. You don’t have to wait until you are moved. Once you come to the consciousness that what you just did was wrong, as for forgiveness. If there’s anybody you need to apologise to, apologise.

Doing this will inevitably keep your conscience tender. Unless you keep a tender conscience, spiritual things will be indistinct to you. This is because, it is your conscience that will relate to your mind what the Spirit of God is saying. 1 Timothy 4: 2, says that we should have our conscience seared with a hot iron.

The more tender hearted we are, the easier it is to pick up the spiritual.

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