Proverbs 20

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
    but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
    but a faithful man who can find?

~Prov. 20:5-6

Our motives for how we act and what we do, think, and say are hidden deep within us and usually take some intentional reflection and effort to unravel. We are good at “proclaiming our steadfast love” by appearing like good people through acts of service, attending church, going to Bible study, etc, but we can be driven by the wrong motives. We also tend to be idealistic people, saying we love God and that we are Christians, but we fail to act on what we say we believe. In either case, we lack something–whether it’s action or pure motives.

It is important, therefore, to ask God to search our hearts and invite wise counsel to help us identify our impure motives. For example, as you pray about joining our community-wide fast (sign up here) on November 12-17, ask God and others to keep you accountable as you make a decision: whether it’s the type of fast or why you even want to do it in the first place.

Lord, thank you for your grace that enables us to love you and extend your love to others. Help us to be people who are faithful and reliable, not just people who say we love you whether in speech or action. Search our hearts and create a right spirit within us. We need you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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