You Don't Know What I've Done
This is how we know that we are of the truth and how we will set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything (1 John 3:19-20 EHV).
Curtis signed up for our GraceLinks email devotions which are sent to inmates behind bars. One of the devotions hit home powerfully. It said that Jesus has forgiven every sin. What a wonderful message! Yet to Curtis, it seemed too good to be true. Curtis wrote back and said, “But you don’t know what I’ve done.”
The assumption: “If you knew what I’ve done, you wouldn’t tell me I’m forgiven.” That’s because each of us has guilt in our hearts. Our hearts are saying, “God could never forgive someone like me.” Then the devil comes along and whispers in our ear, “God would never love you!”
God’s answer is simple and direct: If our hearts judge us, we know that God is greater than our hearts. And he knows everything (1 John 3:20 NIRV).
God is saying, “Here’s what I know: I know all of your sins. In fact, I know every sin of everyone in the whole world. In spite of that, I have already forgiven each sin! I loved the whole world — every last person — so much that I asked my Son to make payment for your sin. Your heart doesn’t agree? Then your heart is wrong!”
In love, God the Son took on human flesh. He became Jesus, God and man in one, to live the perfect life we failed to live, and to die the death each of us deserved. He did that for us! His love is that big!
Jesus, who died for us and who rose in triumph, tells us, “I know all things. I know exactly what you have done. I love you anyway. I paid the price for your sin. That is my declaration of perfect love.”
Thank you, Jesus! You know everything I’ve ever done, and you love me anyway!
Since the spring of 2020 when Wisconsin locked down its prisons due to Covid-19, the number of inmates receiving our daily email devotions has grown exponentially. While the cost for using the DOC’s email service is approximately $32/inmate/year, God’s blessing upon this ministry has so far resulted in over 400 souls hearing the gospel message six times each week. To God be the glory.
This holiday season, please consider partnering with us in this exciting ministry which God has opened to us. With your help, a donation of $32 would pay for the email postage for one inmate for one year, while a $67 donation supports both the cost of staff/personnel and email postage for one inmate for one year. With your help, we will continue shining the light of Jesus’ love on the walled-in souls of our communities.
Pastor Philip Henselin