“Rend your heart, and not your garments.” – Joel 2: V13
Beloved, men always want to attend to the most ceremonial regulations—for such things are pleasing to the flesh.
True religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed, and self-righteousness is puffed up: but they are ultimately delusive. Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain, if offered without a sincere heart. Every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery of the majesty of heaven, if worshiping without a sincere heart.
Heart-rending is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It is a secret grief which is personally experienced, as a deep, soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the inmost heart of each believer. It is not a matter to be merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively felt in every living child of the living God. It is powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it is sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone.
Rend our hearts, but our hearts are naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must take our hearts to Calvary: a dying Saviour’s voice rent the rocks once, and it is as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear the cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as in the day of lamentation. Amen! JESUS LOVES YOU. Start your day with Jesus. Beloved, have a blessed day.