If anyone thinks she/he is religious and does not bridle their tongue but deceives their heart, this person’s religion is worthless. The lack of ‘grasp’ of the actual Word is akin to giving what is holy to dogs or throwing your pearls to pigs, It is lost! Rather turn your hearts to The Word.
The Power of Prayer
“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Remember; what you sow, you reap.
It is not enough to simply tear one’s garments or perform some other outward act meant to indicate repentance. Repentance must be from the heart. God is merciful and will turn from the judgment he would have sent if a people truly turn from their iniquities. Whether that people be in Israel, Nineveh, or your own home country, the same principle applies.
And we pray:
O God, you are the seer of hearts and the weigher of motives. You do not overlook anyone who turns from their old ways in true contrition; nor are You ever fooled by even the most elaborate outward show. We come to You in holy fear and in Loving trust of Your goodness. Lord, pour out Your Spirit upon me I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.