“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:2, NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I have a fantastic ability to justify my own actions. In fact, according to my self-preserving analysis of my decisions, I almost never sin–there is always a reason behind everything. I even tend to do this when I apologize: “I wasn’t trying to snap at you, and didn’t even realize my tone was edgy. I’m sorry you perceived it that way.” Almost as if I didn’t really sin: “You just misinterpreted me, again. It sure would be nice if you would get better at understanding me. Do you know how hard it is to never be understood?”
And just like that, I’ve turned my crappy attitude that I need to change into something for which someone else (usually my wonderfully supportive wife who didn’t deserve to be snapped at) is supposed to apologize to me.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 says:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9–10, NIV)
My prayer for the week is that God will reveal the hidden motives of your heart and change them through the power and presence of his Holy Spirit.