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I John 3:20 ” For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”

In I Corinthians 4:5 it tells us that God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.  The life of our heart is a hidden life…or so we think.  But God knows all, sees all, understands all, and will forgive all if asked.  And in doing so we’ll be given a new heart…exchanging our heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

Joel 2:12-13 ” 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.”

Humans are funny…we get caught in something, and we’re sorry…not sorry for what we did…but rather sorry we got caught.  We make a big emotional show…but there’s no humility or remorsefulness involved in our actions.  Psalm 51:17 reminds us of what God really wants from us…not a showy display of  emotions that look good to those who are watching, but lack the brokenness of spirit that comes from a truly regretful heart.  Rather, God desires  from us authenticity, humility, and taking responsibility for our actions.

Revelation 3:19 ” Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.”

You love your children don’t you?  You want only the best for them,  and for them  to avoid as many pitfalls and sadness you had to learn the hard way growing up.  So why should it be any different with our Heavenly Father?  Proverbs 3:12 says, ” The Lord disciplines those He loves.”  You are a cherished child of God when  He admonishes you over something not right in your life.  For He also wants only the best for you.  When God shows you something out of kilter…get serious… don’t ignore or get angry at God…admit  you need a moral re-orientation of your mind and heart, and repent.