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God knows when the heart is right, yet circumstance interferes with formality.

2 Chronicles 30:18-21

18 For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

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King David mourning the demise of his enemy, his son Absalom, showed his heart in that circumstance already following Jesus’ future command to love our enemies.

2 Samuel 18:32-33

32 The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.” 33 And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

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Jesus opens up the scriptures to us as they are about his holy character cleansing our fallen world one heart at a time with words and thoughts that reach deep down into the followers’ soul.

Luke 24:32

32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

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As the Lord knows our thoughts and motivations better than we know ourselves, the Lord sees a person’s heart and character at its’ core, and judges rightly each persons’ actions, intentions, suitability, and worthiness.

1 Samuel 16:6-7

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

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Ask God to remediate your mind’s flawed internal programming to add new desires to know and follow Him, his Son, laws, heart, and character.

Jeremiah 31:33-34

33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

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Seek God’s righteousness so you will be circumcised in your heart, rather than rely on superficial customs for assurance.

Jeremiah 9:25-26

25 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”

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Jesus teaches us to wash our robes, changing our lives and hearts, so we receive eternal blessings from God, rather than just hear about those who do.

Revelation 22:14

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

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