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1 John 3:19-21 The Passion Translation (TPT)

19 We know that the truth lives within us[a] because we demonstrate love in action, which will reassure[b] our hearts in his presence.[c]

20 Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything there is to know about us.[d] 21 My delightfully loved friends, when our hearts don’t condemn us, we have a bold freedom to speak face-to-face with God.


  1. 1 John 3:19 Or “that we are of [belong to] the truth.”
  2. 1 John 3:19 Or “tranquilize our hearts.”
  3. 1 John 3:19 The Aramaic can be translated “By this we recognize that we are of the truth and make our hearts confident [or “deliver our hearts”] before he comes.”
  4. 1 John 3:20 There is a higher courtroom for the human heart: it is where grace is enthroned. The very worst that is in us is known by God and he still showers mercy, love, and acceptance upon us. This is the greatness of God’s grace. He sees beyond the sin of a moment and sees the holy affections of love in those who refuse to turn away from him. See John 21:17.
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