The dictionary defines a Motive as, “a reason for doing something, especially something that is hidden or not obvious.” As humans, we all have motives for doing things. Some of our motives are clearly recognizable to ourselves while others may seem honorable on the surface but have an underlying tinge of deceit. They can be for evil, or they can be for good.
The Bible has much to say about our hearts, thoughts, and motives. In Proverbs 16:2-3 it says, “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.”
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Because we are visual by nature, we tend to look at actions as the sum total of both the act and the motive. Yet, the Bible clearly lets us know that God looks at the motive behind all of our actions. He looks directly to the intentions of our heart.
In Proverbs, it states our ways always appear to be honorable and authentic to us, however, the Lord always weighs our actions with our spirits.
Again, in Hebrews 4:12 we see the word of God further explained in “The Message” version, “God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.”
Let us make sure that our interactions and actions towards others are coming from a motive that is pure and honors God. We can never escape His word concerning these matters.
This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It!