New American Standard Bible
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him
King James Bible
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
Darby Bible Translation
And hereby we shall know that we are of the truth, and shall persuade our hearts before him --
World English Bible
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him,
Young's Literal Translation
and in this we know that of the truth we are, and before Him we shall assure our hearts,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And hereby - Greek, "by this;" that is, by the fact that we have true love to others, and that we manifest it by a readiness to make sacrifices to do them good.
We know that we are of the truth - That we are not deceived in what we profess to be; that is, that we are true Christians. To be of the truth stands opposed to cherishing false and delusive hopes.
And shall assure our hearts before him - Before God, or before the Saviour. In the margin, as in the Greek, the word rendered "shall assure," is "persuade." The Greek word is used as meaning to "persuade," e. g., to the reception and belief of truth; then to persuade anyone who has unkind or prejudiced feelings toward us, or to bring over to kind feelings, "to conciliate," and thus to pacify or quiet. The meaning here seems to be, that we shall in this way allay the doubts and trouble of our minds, and produce a state of quiet and peace, to wit, by the evidence that we are of the truth. Our consciences are often restless and troubled in view of past guilt; but, in thus furnishing the evidence of true piety by love to others, we shall pacify an accusing mind, and conciliate our own hearts, and persuade or convince ourselves that we are truly the children of God. See Robinson, Lexicon, sub voce πείθω peithō, I. b. In other words, though a person's heart may condemn him as guilty, and though he knows that God sees and condemns the sins of his past life, yet the agitations and alarms of his mind may be calmed down and soothed by evidence that he is a child of God, and that he will not be finally condemned. A true Christian does not attempt to conceal the fact that there is much for which his own heart and conscience might justly accuse him but he finds, notwithstanding all this, evidence that he is a child of God, and he is persuaded that all will be well.
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1 John 2:21
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
1 John 3:20
in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
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