A United Heart

James (4:1-3, 8, 10) wrote about what causes our divided hearts:
“What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members? You are jealous and covet (what others have) and your desires go unfulfilled; so you become murderers. (To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.) You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain (the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek), so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. Or you do ask God for them and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is (when you get what you desire) to spend it in sensual pleasures…Come close to God and he will come close to you.Recognize that you are sinner, get your soiled hands clean; realize that you have been disloyal, wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts of your spiritual adultery. As you draw near to God be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep over your disloyalty…Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you (He will lift you up and make your lives significant.)
David was one who worked on unifying his heart before God. When his sin was fully realized, David
repented before the Lord and the expression of it is in Psalm 51:
Psalm 51:1-12, 17
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your
tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly (and repeatedly)
from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! For I am conscious of
my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I
sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.Behold, I was brought forth in (a state of) iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me (and I too am sinful). Behold, you desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean (ceremonially); wash me, and I shall (in reality) be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit…My sacrifice (the sacrifice acceptable) to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart (broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly
penitent), such, O God, You will not despise.” 

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