“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:12-13 NIV)
Hello family! What is true repentance? Is it praying extravagant prayers out loud for everyone to hear? Is it asking for forgiveness just to get rid of the feeling of guilt that weighs on our soul when we sin? What does it mean to rend our heart and not our garments?
Rend: to split or tear apart or in pieces by violence
The Israelites had extravagant ceremonies and traditions. They would tear their clothes to display sorrow! It may have appeared to be heart felt but it was nothing but an empty display. God looks past the outward appearance and looks into our heart to see our true motivations and intentions! We may prostrate our bodies on the church alter, but where is our heart? We may be quick to say “Lord forgive me!” But is it real or is it only lip service?
Family! This is speaking to myself as well! God is truly showing me what is in this retched heart of mine! Rend your hearts to God! Put all the cards on the table! We can’t bluff God! So don’t try to play poker with him! He knows things about us that even we don’t know! He has extended his hand of mercy and is holding back his wrath! Don’t spit in his face by giving him an empty display! Go to the cross with your heart split open and allow it to be washed by the blood that Christ shed!
“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51: 16-17 NIV)
“Rend your heart and not your garments!”
Much Love & God Bless
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Music to Listen to: Jimmy Needham – Rend