Why do you do what you do?

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Have you ever had someone do something nice for you, but deep down, you knew they were only doing it because there was something in it for them? Often, people may do a lot of kind things or say a lot of kind words, but the reason why they are doing or saying those things is out of a selfish motivation.

Proverbs 21:2 (NIV) says, “People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord examines the heart.”

This verse highlights that God is actually more interested in your motivations rather than your actions. He cares more about WHY you do what you do and say what you say. This is because your motivations reflect the quality of your character.

A Girl of Wisdom is self-aware and understands the reasons behind her words and actions. Who she is on the outside matches up with who she is on the inside. She is not falsely sweet to others in an attempt to manipulate for selfish gain. Her motivations are pure.

Spend this week consciously examining the things you do and the words you say and ask youself why you behaved that way. Take stock of your motivations- they say a lot more about your character than your outward behaviour.

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