My daily devotion from Starting Your Day Right by Joyce Meyer
Religious teaching turns our attention to our outward appearance, but it doesn't empower us to clean up our inside thoughts and intentions. Jesus called the religious Pharisees "white-washed tombs full of dead man's bones"(see Matthew 23:27), because they boasted of their perfect obedience to the Hebrew laws.
But God didn't see them as perfect, because their hearts were not merciful as is His. God would rather have someone with a sweet, wonderful heart toward Him, who makes mistakes, than somebody with a slick performance, who is rotten inside.
When God looks at your heart today, let Him find it wholly seeking Him.
An amazing word to start the day. Lord, may I live wholly for You with no performance as my driving force. May my heart be found sweet and wonderful for You. Amen!