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Light Reflection-First Corinthians 4:5 Motives of the Heart

September 14th, 2023

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from First Corinthians 4:5.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

We all have an appointment with the Lord someday. This verse gives us a warning about judging someone else’s motives. Don’t be the judge and jury of someone else’s motives. What if we are wrong? What happens if we assume that someone’s motives are impure when they are really pure? It would have a harmful impact on that relationship, and would likely cause discouragement.

Ultimately, God knows the condition of their heart even as He knows the condition of ourheart. Pure motives matter to God, and that is why we are wise to commit our activities to God. He will reward us for the good deeds we have done for His glory.

This Light Reflection inspires us to align our motives to the purposes of God in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk


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