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The Heart of the Matter Continued

Previously we discussed part of , Proverbs chapter 16 verses 2-3, "All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."  The previous discussion revolved around the beginning of the passage and can be viewed bellow, you may want to check it out before you read this post if you have not already.

In the passage, we read that God evaluates the motives behind our actions which means the reason why we do things is just as important as what we do.  I think this thought is best understood in the setting of a marriage.  If I bring home flowers to my wife because I did something wrong does it show her that I love her and I appreciate her?  What if I bring home flowers out of the blue for no reason?  My motive was to do something nice for my wife because I love her and respect her, and the message she receives is that I love her and I respect her.  This is true in all the things we do, our motives are the important aspect of our actions.  The passege for that reason then tells us to committ whatever we do to God.  So, if our motives are an extremely important aspect behind the choices we make then we should make all of our choices to please God.  Then our motive to should be more then to do something nice for someone or to do the right thing.  Our motive should be to please God and honor him.  So I should get my wife flowers to tell her that I love her and respect her because God is pleased when I do so and it demonstrates the type of thing a Godly husband would do.  Interesting, when we do that God says that our plans will succeed. 

In conclusion, if we do the right things because we want to please God and honor him then the things we do will be successful.  Interesting, lets try it and see what happens.

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  1. June 12, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    Many times I don’t examine my motives, I just do it! Whatever “it” may be. To stop before an act and ask myself is this God pleasing is a very refreshing idea! DUH! I for one, will try that.

    Thanks Jason! 🙂

  2. June 12, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for your comment Lisa I totally understand and I think most of us if we are honest tend to do the same thing. I know I am so busy that sometimes I don’t ask myself why am I doing that. I’m with you and I am trying this approach as well.

    jason

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