Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:6 (NKJV)

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7: 13-14 (NKJV)

God makes a big deal about truth, so He is not impressed by outward appearances, pretensions and attending Church for the sake of it. This is because God is particular about our inward parts, and looks at the heart (soul). Humans are tripartite beings; made up of spirit, soul and body, and unless there is truth in the inward parts, which are the soul (emotions and mind) and the spirit, all that is left is the shallow demonstrations of the body which do not impress God. God communicates with humans through our spirits; and although scientist cannot pinpoint the location of the human spirit, the Bible speaks clearly about it (Zechariah 12:1, Job 32:8). For God Himself gives us wisdom in our spirits.

Even though the Bible says that the way that leads to life is difficult (Matthew 7:13), believers need not worry, because we do not walk alone; we have God’s wisdom in our inward parts, and His Spirit leads us, helping us navigate the difficult paths so that we enter into life.

In the earlier verse, Jesus addresses the human tendency towards hypocrisy by telling His disciples to do for others what they would have others do for them (Matthew 7:12). The context of this verse shows that people struggle with applying the same yardstick to others as themselves, because they often don’t have truth in the inward parts. To apply inward truth is to navigate the narrow gate and constricted way. Practically, this means treating others with grace.

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