He searcheth the kidneys and hearts
Revelation 2:23 - And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
When the Lord judges us, He will judge us according to our works. That does not mean more the work we do the more we will be rewarded. In the Kingdom of God quality is given more priority than quantity.
The basis on which our work will be rewarded will be after going through our reins and hearts.
What are reins and hearts?
It will amaze you that the word used as reins here is the Greek word 'nephros' which actual means kidneys. Which means God will judge us according to our kidneys and hearts!!
It is even more surprising that in the Old Testament the Hebrew word translated as heart are
1) Leb - STRONG number <3820> heart / mind
2) Lebab - STRONG number <3824> heart / inner man
3) Nephesh - STRONG number <05315> heart / soul / life / mind – comes from naphash which means to - refresh oneself
4) Sekviy - STRONG number <07907> heart / phenomenon / appearance
5) Me'ah - STRONG number <04578> heart / bowels
6) Qereb - STRONG number <07130> heart / midst (center)
And the word reins is
1) Kilyah - STRONG number <03629> reins / kidney
I have not given this info not to confuse you, but to show you how little we know of the Word of God and when we get stuck up with English translations we do not learn much.
Not going too deep reins and hearts have to do with the image of God in us and they represent love and righteousness.
Our works may look good according to us and according to the world but what the Lord will see is if we did it with love and if we did it according to his will? So just do not do good works but do it with love and according to the will of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You made us according to your image. You want to see that image function in us. Lord, guide us that we function not according to our human understanding but according to YOU in us. Help us break ourselves, our thinking, our desires and our priorities like Jesus did for the sake of your glory.
This we ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
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