When My Heart Condemns Me

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Dr. Adonis Vidu - April 21, 2024

When My Heart Condemns Me

The Way of Light

Scripture References: John 21:1-19

From Series: "The Way of Light"

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Read John 21:1-19: 

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards[a] off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” 


  1. Dr. Vidu shared on Sunday about the movie ‘Silence’ and the story of Jesuit monks given what seemed like an impossible decision to make – How did this story impact you? 
  2. We walked through the stories of Peter and Judas denying Jesus, looking at the ways that we so often don’t even know what is really in our hearts. Has there ever been a time when you were surprised by your own sin or actions?  
  3. If you are comfortable sharing, share with the group about this time.  
  4. Dr. Vidu showed us that often, our hearts condemn us. Our actions can show that we have un-addressed sin in our hearts. Does any scripture come to mind for you about this reality? 
  5. How can we live with hope, in the light of the reality that our hearts often condemn us?  
  6. We have hope – because as Dr. Vidu shared ‘God is greater than our failures’. How does the following scripture encourage you in this reality? 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 
  7. Consider this quote from Augustine that was shared in the bulletin on Sunday – “Tell me, by your mercy, lord, my god, what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. So speak that I may hear. […] I will hasten after that voice, and I will lay hold upon you. Hide not your face from me. Even if I die, let me see your face lest I die.” Does anything stand out to you from this quote? Have you ever felt in a similar way about your faith, or about hearing from God? 
  8. What did you sense God saying to you through this passage and message?