WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?
Do not judge your motives….
You did a “good deed”. Instead of worrying about whether your motive was pure, go do another one. The person you helped could not care less about why you helped, they are just thankful that you did help.
If you helped for the “right” reason, Praise the Lord, you have laid up treasure in heaven. If for the “wrong” reason, you have obeyed the Lord and have the praise of men for your reward. We all know which one is preferred.
Never the less:
You have demonstrated love toward your neighbor as the Lord commanded.
You did good. You were obedient. You performed an act of kindness. You said a word of encouragement to someone who needed it. You gave bread or water to someone who hungered or thirsted. You listened to someone who had a burden on their heart. You met someone’s need at the moment.
Whatever it was, the recipient benefited and so did you. Whether the person helped knew you did it in God’s name or did not even know where the help came from, God receives glory. Guess who would rather you spent your time questioning your motives instead of doing good. If you guessed “the devil” you are right again. Satan can’t stop you but he can sidetrack you and questioning your motives is one sure way to do it.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
God knows our motives, we ourselves can never be sure. Even if you believe with all of your heart that your intentions were “right” you might be fooling yourself. Stop second guessing yourself.
ITim6:18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
Heb:13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
God orders us to do good. Ecclesiastes 12: 13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Do it and let God be God. Get thee behind me Satan or get run over, I’ve got work to do for God.