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Rend Your Hearts


During Bible times, when people experienced loss, anger, grief, or despair, the custom of “tearing garments” as an outward sign of their inward state was a common ceremonial ritual. In light of this practice, the Holy Spirit instructs His children to “rend your hearts and not your garments.” To rend means “to tear open” our hearts and look honestly at our inner man.  Looking takes courage and the belief that Jesus’ blood and love covers all our shortcomings, including any hypocrisy within our hearts. It is God’s will that we look within, so we can see the truth about ourselves, own it, and turn to the Lord for help and healing. Our gracious God does not want to beat us up for falling short, for His is slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness. With the help of the Holy Spirit, He desires to help, heal, and make our inner man and outer man the same.  God’s faithful love toward us is bigger than all our negative emotions and flaws. Then, as we learn to accept and walk in the Truth of His love, we will know that God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and full of loving-kindness. With God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance as our foundation, we will be able to own any hypocrisy, unhealthy anger, grief, or despair without fear of being rejected or punished by God. Remember, it was the religious Pharisees that refused to look at their inner man, and sadly they never saw the Truth because of their judgmental hard hearts looking at others, stubbornness, and religious pride.  Subsequently, as we humble ourselves, pray, and process through our minds and hearts truthful emotions, we will be able to honestly feel and release our souls layered anger, grief, and despair-good, bad, or ugly- to our loving, caring Lord.  When we learn to keep returning to the Lord with our doubleminded hearts, we will begin to experience more calm in place of anger, joy in place of grief, hope in place of despair, and Truth in place of hypocrisy. It is God’s desire to help, cleanse, and unite our hearts with His. Through our union with Christ, our inner man and outer man will not walk in hypocrisy, pretense, or duplicity, but we will learn the power of walking in Truth and sincerity.

“Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness” (Joel 2:13a).




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