Good Motives

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EGO stands for: Edge God Out.


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James 3:16-17

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity.


What if we stopped before taking an action or making a comment and paused?

What if during that pause we asked ourselves what our motivation was for what we were about to do or say?

Is our motivation for the common good?

Is it to seek the truth?

Or are there ulterior motives such as wanting to be declared right or superior?

That is a sure sign our egos are in control.

Are we willing to be fair and honest with ourselves and admit when we were about to do or say something that was mean-spirited or simply not necessary?

How can we both work for the common good and be compassionate?

These are tough questions.

Perhaps the best policy would be to simply have today’s scripture verse posted around our homes and workplaces for frequent reference.

Of course, there’s always another question we could ask ourselves: “What would Jesus do?”


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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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