“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
10. But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
God judges on two levels; the action and the secret motive that leads to the action. This was why Jesus rarely seemed to be too concerned about external behavior. He was trying to get to the source of the problem. Are you frustrated because you are dwelling on external issues without allowing God to change the heart? Permit God to deal with the root (the heart) and the surface issues will take care of themselves.
Ken Barnes, the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing