Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Do you want God to answer your prayers? Pray this one. It goes to the heart of your relationship with God.
We can and often do read the Word of God seeking permission to do what we want. Sounds silly but that is our nature. “Daddy may I?” What happens when God allows you to have your own way? Consequences my friend, consequences. Lead with your heart not your head only works if your heart is right with God.
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Putting it another way; correction that is not painful isn’t effective.
Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Proverbs 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
This is where I would often go wrong. I didn’t know how to properly rebuke another. Being quick to judge, I was also quick to rebuke. That puts fellowship at risk in a church.
Ephesians 4:14-16 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.