Do you ever do the right thing for the wrong reason?
An example of this would be giving to the poor, but making sure other people knew you did it. Another example would be to correct someone else’s wrong so that you can demonstrate to yourself that you are better than the other person. Yet another example would be to refrain from stealing so that you won’t get caught. These are all good things to do – but not good reasons for doing them.
We ought to give to the poor because we don’t want them to suffer. We ought to correct someone else’s wrong because doing right is always better than doing wrong. We ought to refrain from stealing because it would break God’s heart if we stole.
Doing right for the wrong reason misses the point.
Once we’ve got the right motivation for our good deeds, we need to be sure we’re doing them with the right attitude as well. God loves a cheerful giver.
Go back and analyze your good deeds – make sure you’re doing them for the right reason and with the right attitude. What’s the best reason? Doing good because you know it pleases Jesus, the one you love above all. What’s the best attitude? Love.
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