Motive

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Art:

This week’s art is my Pencil drawing, four years ago, of Maggie our 11-year-old (tabby-with-white) cat. She shares our home with Tommy our (black tuxedo) cat, and Ginger our little Chihuahua. If you have pets you’ve observed many of their actions. Some are unique to the species—cats tend to sleep 18 hrs. per day—others may be unique to your pet.

When Maggie sits on my lap, and we look into each other’s eyes, I sometimes wonder, “Maggie, what are you thinking?”   I wonder if she may be reversing the question, “What are you thinking?”   Then there is the matter of ‘motive’.  Maggie, what’s your motive for that action?  Sometimes that’s easy to read.  She’s hungry and I’m behind on her feeding time.  “Feed me please!?”

Thought:

“Why did I do that?”  Or: “Why do I do that?”  It takes a simple number of words to form the question.  When it comes to the answer—my motive—It’s anything but simple.

What purpose did I intend when I did, or said that?

Was my motive or purpose to benefit someone else?

Was my motive or purpose to benefit myself?

Is it possible to have these simultaneously?

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.”  John 14:23

Jesus also said, “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:12 -14

Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one, answered Jesus, is this: ‘Love the Lord our God with all your hart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:  Love our neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:29-31

Return with me to my blog ‘Thought’ from January 3, 2019.

 “…Love is born of earnest consideration of the object loved— Thomas Aquinas.

What does Aquinas mean when he says “…love” ? The late Dallas Willard said, Love is the disposition to bring good to the object that is loved. Let’s put Aquinas and Willard together…

“…love [the disposition to bring good to the object loved ]…is born… [brought to life] …of earnest… [serious ] consideration… [mindful observation] of the object…   [entity or person(s)] loved.”  

Aquinas also said, love follows knowledge. The more consideration and time I invest in a relationship with you, the better equipped I am to “love” you in a way that allows me to do and say what brings only good to you.

I believe the single most important motive behind the action and words of Jesus followers is LOVE!

God recognizes this love motive in the harts of his children.

 “And you, my son, Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.  1 Chronicles 28:9

To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.  All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.   Proverbs 16:1-3

Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes, He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.  At that time each will receive his praise from God.”   1 Corinthians 4:5

For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.”   1 Thessalonians 2:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”    James 4:3

Review The Motive questions:

“Why did I do that?”  Or: “Why do I do that?”

What purpose did I intend when I did, or said that?

Was my motive or purpose a love to benefit someone else?

Was my motive or purpose a love to benefit myself?

Is it possible to have these simultaneously?  YES

 

My Motivation Prayer

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer”     Psalm 19:14

 

 

4 thoughts on “Motive

  1. Pastor Jim,
    You continue to inspire me, as does Jesus Christ’s message to all of us!! . . May God Bless You ALWAYS for your love for HIM, as it’s a two way street, as you just explained through scripture.

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