Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:13
Today in Sunday School we looked at the second chapter of the book - Compelled by Love.
I was so caught by the first sentence in this verse from Joel that I had a bit of a hard time keeping up with the rest of the conversation.
Rend your hearts and not garments.
To rend means to tear. What if my heart was truly torn in repentance for my sometimes uncaring attitude toward the will of God and the lack of true love I sometimes have toward those around me?
What if, instead of these unfruitful attitudes, I instead showed graciousness, compassion, patience and love?
Not just talked about it (rending my garments) but lived it (rending my heart)?
There is a difference.