Main Motivation


Enter the present moment with compassion.

(Listen to my song “God Is” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.


This passage from St. Paul gives us a great standard to measure our conduct in everyday life.

Are we operating under the motivation of love in all that we do…or is our motivation self-interest?

None of us meets this standard perfectly.

Jesus gave us the blueprint of how to love…even when faced with persecution and execution.

Could it be that our human experience is meant to be a “learning ground” for love?

Our lives provide us plenty of challenges to being able to love in the face of adversity.

We are provided ample opportunities to set aside our egos so as to see and respond to the needs of others.

Jesus basically showed us how to accept what is and to respond with love.

We are called to love all people…even those we disagree with or dislike.

Jesus specifically instructed his followers to love their enemies (Matthew 5:44). This is undoubtedly his most ignored teaching of all.

Why? It’s a tall order!

But isn’t it refreshing to know that God is love (1 John 4:8)…and therefore always acts according to that standard in dealing with each of us?


Listen to the song of the day “God Is” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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