God’s goal: God acts from the highest, purest motives. God expects us to do the same.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.
Proverbs 16:2 (The Message Bible)
Am I impressed by what is in the heart or what looks good? The glory of God is a huge thing. Do I see what others are doing to bring honor to Jesus? Or … do I hold others in contempt because they don’t dress as nice as I think they should?
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)
What is the desire of my soul? Now that is a stunning question. Think about it. In my heart and soul, what do I really want? For myself? For others?
Is the desire of my heart and soul to love? How am I doing with that?
Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.
Isaiah 26:8 (NASB)
What is the good news? God has given me a new heart! I am a new creation. The old, evil ways have been washed away.
Does my heart condemn me? God has given me a new heart. It is the heart of His son Jesus. It does not condemn me. I can have confidence. I am whole.
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
1 John 3:19–21 (NASB)