By Kenny Bruce
Pastor Emeritus, Leawood East Baptist Church, Memphis
Our world is inundated with false teachers. We must walk in victory and remain vigilant in order to detect the difference between true and false teaching.
I. VICTORY OVER CONDEMNATION (vv. 19-22) Because of our old nature, our hearts continue to condemn us even though God set us free from condemnation when we were saved (Romans 8:1). Our conscience tells us sometimes that we are not competent and may cause us to feel defeated, guilty or worthless and unappreciated.
To believe those lies annuls our effectiveness as Christians and may even cause us to doubt our salvation. The remedy is knowing the truth (Ch. 3:19) which issues into acts of love (vv. 18, 23), especially to anyone who has injured us. Jesus commands us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). [Read more…]