A young fellow who worked in an investment house was impressed & very appreciative at the interest his business associates took in the news that his wife was going to have a baby.
Every day one or more of them would drop around to his desk to inquire: “How’s the wife doing?” “What does the doctor say?” “How many more days?”
He did not know that every man in the office had a bet upon when the baby would arrive. The interest in his affairs really concerned a greedy desire to win the bet.
It is possible for Christians to have false motives. This is why the Holy Spirit says: “Let love be without hypocrisy.” (Rom 12:9).
- ‘Let Me Illustrate’ by Donald Barnhouse. (ministry127.com)
“Man sees your actions, but God your motives.” - Thomas a Kempis.
Pro 16:2 (GNT): “You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives.”
“Many people live righteously for selfish or misguided reasons. If you are striving to please God, examine your motives today.” - Paul Chappell.