Sunday, July 17, 2022
PROVERBS 16:2 NLT 2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.
Motives are important to God.
God is interested in WHY we do things, not just in WHAT we do.
Why do you do what you do?
Is it to help others? To please God? Or do you live focused totally on yourself?
These questions are important to ask ourselves. As First Corinthians 11:31 says, "if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."
However, we must use caution when trying to judge other people. We don't know their motives.
PROVERBS 21:2 LB 2 We can justify our every deed, but God looks at our motives.
We often justify ourselves, but judge others harshly. We may judge ourselves based on our good intentions, but we are only capable of judging others by their actions.
So, we must be very cautious about judging others in a condemning way.
1 CORINTHIANS 4:5 NIV 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
One main reason we are not qualified to judge others is because we don't know their thoughts, intentions, and motives. Only God does.
SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to be aware of my motives.
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