Motives Questioned

The prosecution looks for a motive for the crime because the court and jury demand it. Motives are very often secret and private matters. In various negotiations the knowledge of the other parties true and complete motive for pursuing a deal is priceless. In romantic engagements extreme care is given to the proper and timely disclosure of ones true feelings and motives. Motives can be undisclosed, but more often they are disguised by an assumption or presumption. The fallen human nature might best be illustrated in our handling of motives, as we are so inherently duplicitous that our true motives are often hidden, even from ourselves. This is the substance of much psychological analysis and counseling, helping one understand the underlying motive for thoughts and/or behavior.

Shakespeare wrote, “To thine own self be true.” Yeshua explained, “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7: 20-23). Of course motives can be good, of which Yeshua promised. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7: 38-39). So in our natural fallen state our motives are corrupt, but through the indwelling Holy Spirit an entirely opposite result is possible.

“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” (Proverbs 16: 2). A final judgment is coming for every person ever born and it will be before the King, Yeshua. Paul advised us, “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4: 4-5). Can believers expect to receive a reward at the judgment? Those who put no trust in themselves, but follow the Spirit and rely on Yeshua’s righteousness have every confidence in scripture to do so. The lost, who believe their motives and good intentions justify themselves will experience what they may conclude is the final miscarriage of justice, their separation from God, while the lowly outcasts in life are welcomed into eternal glory with Yeshua.

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Retired Journeyman
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