Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do. 1 Corinthians 16:14 TPT
Motive! It is an important component of criminal trials. The District Attorney’s office has the task of proving motive in the commission of the crime. If they cannot identify the reason, why the crime would benefit the defendant, they would have a difficult time to convince the jury that the defendant did commit the crime. We are driven by motive. The motive speaks of the why you do what you do. Why do you go to work? Well, you want to get paid. You need money to pay for a place to live and the items that are necessary for you live in comfort.
Why do you do the things you do? Before Covid-19 shut down the world, we used to prepare meals for the residents in a homeless shelter. We were a small group, and we had no funding except the money in our pockets; but our love for God drove us to action. It was the why; that was the motive for our actions. We went monthly in all kinds of weather. This is what the Apostle Paul was speaking about; let love be the why in everything you do. Colossians 3:14 NLT says, “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” When you think of the word bind, it brings to mind something that is tied tightly.
That binding love is what God expects from us. This is the importance of the why. The fact that you love, does not guarantee that the other person would love you in the same way. But it does not relieve you of the responsibility to love. When you struggle to clothe yourself with love, remember, the Apostle Paul said, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” If love is not the motive in what you do, please remember that the same chapter concludes with, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:1,13.
Thought for Today: Friend, clothe yourself with love.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.