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Exploration Into the Motives of the Heart

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Here we are, approaching the first full weekend of 2017!  It’s hard to comprehend that a week ago was still last year–yet here we are, transitioning into a new year!

I wonder how many of us are still holding onto negative feelings about events of 2016, whether for legitimate reasons (my hubby losing his brother, for example) or selfish reasons based on what we did or didn’t get for results or material possessions we had hoped to gain by the end of 2016 (I confess to disappointment in a couple of those areas!)

I guess it’s a matter of exploring the motives of our hearts!

 

 

So here’s your contemplation for the first Friday of 2017!

 

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“If you don’t get whatever it is you want,

can you still love God?

Will you still serve Him all the days of your life?

Or are you just trying to get something from Him?

A fine line divides the motives of the heart

between selfish and selfless;

and we must always make sure we understand

which side of the line we are standing on.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

Interesting, I have prayed about this often – to know the difference between praying for God’s will and believing He will grant me my heart’s desire, per Psalm 37:4 — “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart.” Hoping the two coincide!

I guess it’s an ongoing self-test to determine what our motives are and if they are truly selfish or selfless.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you considered what your motives are in various areas of life?

Do you think about the lessons of the past as motivation to do what’s right in the future?

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1 Comment

  1. Salma

    Such a great quote, especially to start of the new year!

    17 . Jan . 2017

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