“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2
This proverb is important. It’s important for the simple fact that it states what we’re sometimes too afraid to say: namely, that our motivations are important to God. We tend to justify the means by the end–if we get what we want, then what does it matter how we got it? But in God’s scheme of things, the way that we go about something is as important as the result which it brings. (Actually, it may be all that matters, since the end result is ultimately up to Him according to Isaiah 46:10, but that’s another blog.) So, yes, this or that seems right to us, but when we view it from God’s perspective, do our hearts remain “innocent”; do our hearts reveal a pure motivation?
Here’s a quick example. Let’s say you’re considering doing something that God may view as indifferent or neutral, but the motivation for your doing it is all wrong. Well, since your motivation is all wrong, the neutral thing has now become a bad thing. Why? Because your motivation has taken something neutral and made it bad by exploiting it for a morally bad end. Our motivations are more important than we think!
Here’s some advice from Jesus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” (Matthew 22:37). If you do that, then when God examines your heart, it will pass the test!


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