"And rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil." Joel 2:13
IN JESUS TODAY!
Lip service is just that, words, empty of a truth from the heart. When God tells us to render our heart to him he is desiring what is true. It is what we truly believe that comes from our heart, as it is written, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:10 You see friend, God knows the truth that is in each of us, he can see all that is in our heart, and he wants that our words match what is in our heart and that our heart matches what our words say. God is truth and desires the truth from us, if we walk in the truth and we are faithful with our love for God, then we will ask him to search our heart, if we struggle to walk in the spirit and are troubled by our flesh he will see that our heart is troubled too and will help us to overcome! When we render our heart to God he takes this very serious and blesses our heart in return with his truth. God is spirit and will help us, he deserves that we worship him, as we read, "God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24 God doesn't want our garments or our fake praise, nor our gifts at the altar and words with empty actions, God wants the truth and all that is in our heart, he wants that we should be as King David was and render our hearts to him and become people after God's own heart, agreeing with and living in his truth.
Friend, God is merciful to all that are true, he is friendly and kind. Have any of us made mistakes? Let us go to God and repent and give to him our heart, and tell him how we feel about our mistakes, and he will be gracious unto us and forgive us our sins!