8 Things That Reveal Your Motives

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Everyone relates to others based on how they think they are related to.  This goes much deeper than just how we have perceived others relating to us.  It overflows from how we think God sees and relates to us.  The principle is true whether a person says they are a Christian or not.  This comes from the center of our heart.  This comes from our identity.  This comes from who we think we are.  This comes from how we think God sees us.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  1 john 4:7-8

What you believe about how God relates will drive how you relate to others…

  1. You’ll show as much grace as you think you have received grace from God.
  2. You’ll show as much love to others as you think you are loved by God.
  3. You’ll show as much acceptance to others as you think you are accepted by God.
  4. You’ll show as much mercy to others as you think you have been shown mercy by God.
  5. You’ll show as much kindness to others as you think God has shown to you.
  6. You’ll show as understanding to others as you think has been shown to you by God.
  7. You’ll show as much forgiveness to others as you think God has shown to you.
  8. You’ll set others free from expectations as much as you think you’ve been set from them by God.

The opposite of these is also true…

  1. You’ll show as much condemnation toward others as you think is shown to you by God.
  2. You’ll show as much rejection toward others as you think is shown to you by God.
  3. You’ll be as demanding with others as you think God is demanding of you.
  4. You’ll be as angry with others as you think God is toward you.
  5. You’ll be disappointed in others as much as you think God is disappointed in you.
  6. You’ll be as critical of others as you think God is critical of you.
  7. You’ll demand your way with others as much as you think God demands His way from you.
  8. You’ll have as many expectations of others as you think God has expectations of you.

When your actions toward others reveal far more than what you first thought, return to the beauty and wonder of forgiveness in Christ.  It won’t be the time to drown in guilt, wallow in pity, or muster great determination to do better.  It will instead be the time to return and rest in the joy of forgiveness and the freedom of being made righteous with God because of Christ.  Out of this new place of rest will come alive new desire.  Only there and then can you love, forgive, and serve.  For you will have experienced what it means to be loved, forgiven, and served.

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