Westside Baptist Church of York  
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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

"Rend your heart, and not your garments ..."
Joel 2:13

A custom mentioned several times in the Bible is that of rending or tearing one's garments as a sign of grief or distress. It was an outward act symbolizing an inward state of heart and mind. From the external appearance one could detect another who was deeply troubled about something. Yet, one may have the external appearance of grief (by means of torn garments) without true grief in the heart (a torn heart).
Friend, in the Bible text above, the prophet Joel urged the people not to act as though they were grieved for their sins, but to be really grieved for their sins. They were not to be concerned about tearing their clothes, but rather, tearing their hearts. They were not to be hypocrites who pretended to be humbled for their many sins and transgressions, but they were to be sincere followers of God by repenting of their sins from the heart.

Religion which is external only is no true religion at all. God takes no delight in external ceremonies, observances, fasts, or feasts which do not find a corresponding spiritual attitude in the heart. It is possible to pray without praying, to sing without singing, to give without giving, and to confess without repenting. God sees and complains of such falsehood, saying, "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me." Isaiah 19:13; Matthew 15:8. Dear reader, our bodies may assume humble postures while our hearts are haughty and self-righteous. Let us always remember these words from God Himself: "The LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7.



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