As a Christian, you do a lot of good things: pray, read and study the Word of God, go to church, give tithes and offerings. But, have you ever stopped to think about why you’re doing those things?
We need to discern our motives for why we do what we do. Is it because we’re trying to appease a God Whom we think is angry with us? Do we think our “good” deeds will get us back into His good graces? Or are we doing it because we love God and want to do these good deeds as a way to show our deep and abiding love for Him?
For example, when we give an offering, do we inwardly feel so proud of ourselves and therefore, God will be so pleased with our effort? Not the right response! God loves cheerful givers who give out of their hearts in faith because they love God and his people. That’s what pleases Him.
God isn’t angry with us. He’s not even in a bad mood! He loves us with an everlasting love. We can’t do anything that will make God love us more than He already does. And we can’t be bad enough to stop Him from loving us. How can I say that? Because God doesn’t just have love – He is love! He is love personified. It’s the very essence of His being.
The more you get to know how much God really loves you, the more you’ll trust Him and be able to walk in His ways and the victory that Jesus bought and paid for you.
1 John 4:10 (KJV) 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:16 (KJV) 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.