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Your Motives Matter


(Hebrews 4:12) “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.”

(Matthew 6:1) “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

(Psalms 51:10) “God, create a pure heart in me, and renew a right attitude within me.”



We seem to ignore that our faith is not only based on our actions but also our intentions. It is the desires of our hearts that can determine if our actions are good or bad. Jesus clearly taught us that if you look at a woman with lust, you have already committed adultery according to God’s commandments, and if you hate someone you have already committed murder. Yes, it’s that serious.

Christ warns us that we should not pray in public, or give in public for everyone to notice how good, loving and giving we are. If your intentions are for everyone to praise you, then you already have your reward here on earth and God will not add to that.

Even if you are not directly involved in any evil actions, you can still be a part of what is happening. By not standing up and at least speaking against injustice and evil, we end up showing that either we don’t care, or that we have no true compassion. David did not personally murder Bathsheba’s husband, but he orchestrated it in order to hide the illegitimate child, the fruit of his adultery. This is the same King David who wrote the Psalms we sing every Sunday.

The moment lust got a hold of his heart, it was just a vicious circle that make him fall deeper and deeper into the pit of sin, manipulation, lying, and openly hiding his fault. That is why when he is caught, he asks God to create in him a clean and pure heart, as David knew that this was the root of the problem.

You might be doing everything right according to man, but make sure you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the intentions of your heart. You will be surprised at how much deception and darkness you might still carry inside. But don’t worry, Christ can make all things new and let you start over.



One thing I love about the Bible is that it makes you stand naked and defenseless in front of an all-knowing God. It’s the best place to be if you truly want to change.




• Heavenly Father, You are He who guards the paths of justice; The Lord who will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations; Our Lawgiver; How unsearchable are Your judgments, O Lord; You are faithful; Who is like You, O Lord; Holy and blameless.
• Thank You, Father, that nothing can be hidden from you and you know exactly what the intentions of our hearts are.
• Thank You for Your Word, which separates our soul and spirit like a double edge sword.
• Forgive us for thinking that we can hide our true motives from You.
• Forgive us for living a fake spirituality and just wanting to impress man.
• Give us today the desire to sit with You and have You reveal to us the darkness we still carry within us.
• Just like David asked: Create in me a clean heart oh, God, and renew a right spirit within me.
• Help us to start afresh today and to do all things with the right heart and the right motives.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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