Matthew 15:8"This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." ESV
We can use the Christian lingo, wear our Christian symbols, and go to church every time the doors are open. But, these are only vain forms of religion if our hearts are not surrendered to God. Failing to do the outward acts of traditional religion does not make us impure. However, failing to have a pure and clean heart before God will make all we do in outward righteous acts worthless in His eyes. In fact, without a pure and clean heart, we are lost. Does our hearts match our visible lives?
Heavenly Father, forgive us for going through the Christian motions while our hearts and minds are nowhere near. Search our hearts and reveal to us those things we need to change and those things we need to demonstrate more in our actions. We do not want to bring dishonor to Your name by being hypocrites. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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