Judging Motives

The little boy was helping his mother serve the guests at the dinner table. He brought in a piece of pie and set it in front of his father who passed it on to one of the visitors. After several such trips the little boy said, “It’s no use dad, the pieces are all the same size.” You know, it’s not unusual to have our motives questioned by others. Sometimes we’re hurt when someone accuses us of things that have never entered our minds. However, we’re guilty of imagining evil on the part of others.

How often someone says, “I’ll bet he said that for my sake,” or “He said that to make me mad,” or “He did that to get even.” Often we imagine that someone is rubbing salt into our wounds, when that was the furthest thing from their mind. The person who has love in their heart thinks no evil according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:5. The Christian must not imagine evil or think the worst of others. He looks for the good and takes every action and word in the best possible light.

It’s true that people generally treat us the way we expect to be treated, because we treat them the same way. God tells us in his word, the Bible, how we should treat one another. Jesus said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40). He also added, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 7:12). After giving His parable of the good Samaritan, His exhortation was, “Go and do likewise.” (See Luke 10:29-37). Let us make our world a better place by putting these great truths of Jesus into practice.

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