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2A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
someone called Jesus good He said who is good but the Father. Many
people will call themselves good based on their works. When the prophet
Samuel was sent on a journey by the Lord to find a new king to replace
King Saul, everyone was concerned with outer appearance. But the word
says God doesn't look at outward appearance but at the heart. The "outer
appearance" referred to in scripture isn't just for the physical
appearance of a person. It also refers to their works. How so? In the
book of Proverbs, motive is referred to several times. Jesus even spoke
about those who will claim to have done works in His name but He will
say He doesn't know them. Why? It boils down to intention. What is
intention? Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines intention as 1) a
determination to act in a certain way, 2) purpose, aim, end. So it's not
just about doing something good but it's about "why" it's being done.
we are seeing people who "intend" to harm others. In some cases, it is
very premeditated or planned out. These issues go beyond the waters of
the U.S. to Europe, Asia, Africa, etc as well. Jesus said to love thy
neighbor as thyself. The apostle Paul said the Commandments delivered
by the Law of Moses can be summed up in the same statement. Basically,
if one loves others then they are less likely to want to harm someone.
What about those who "only look out for number one." Their motive is to
put themselves above others. So if given the choice to gain at the cost
or misfortune of someone else, they will see the other person as
inconsequential. Therefore, the love thy neighbor as thyself is null and
void. But Jesus said to do unto others as you want done to you. Does
anyone take this statement to heart? In Galatians Paul says we reap what
we sow and God is not to be mocked. So anything done whether good or
bad, ill intention or not, it too shall be done unto us. The one who
does good not just to be seen as "good" but who in their heart seeks to
love, then the Lord shall see because He is the one who sees all,
especially what man cannot see. And it is He who gives favor. Love never
fails the words says and God is love. The intention of God's love