Jeremiah 17:10 New International Version
“I, the LORD, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
A person is known by what he says and does. It’s all we have to go by when we assess an individual’s sincerity regarding a given matter. We cannot know the motive behind their words or actions. We only know what we are told and even then, cannot always be sure if it’s the truth. We form our own conclusions not truly knowing what’s in a man’s heart.
A person’s behavior is based on the information they’ve accumulated thru their senses. Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:34 (NKJV) “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Whatever you feed into your brain will come out in your words and actions at some point. It’s inevitable. What seems right we equate as being normal. Normal is a relative term. Your definition of normal more than likely would be different than mine and so on. No matter what we think we know, we are simply incapable of determining the condition of another person’s heart motivation. God and God alone can be judge of a man or woman’s heart motives. He alone can show the proper compassion for the suffering soul that struggles with life’s issues. A flaw in people is that they don’t trust others outside their own comfort zone. It’s a natural reaction and one God understands. He can change all that if we will let him.
This is why we need to strive to be true ‘disciples’ of Christ. The term ‘disciple’ in NT Greek means “a learner”. Look hard at yourself in the mirror and allow the Lord to show you your depth. Allow your roots to sink deep into the rich irrigated soil of God. Allow God to show you how to leave judgment to Him. We will never be able to know the true motives of a person, but we WILL enjoy greater spiritual discernment. We should seek to love as Christ loves; forgive as Christ forgives; show mercy, grace and compassion to those who need it most. We must make sure OUR hearts are pure before God. Our concentration should lie there and not on the heart motives of others. Walk with the King today and be a blessing!