The Motive (Psalm 95:10)

From the beginning, man has always looked outside of himself when it comes to blame for his actions. It started in the garden and continues to this present day. People have blamed ethnic heritage, financial status, lack of education, social oppression, situational circumstances and even the sins of others as an excuse or cause for their sinful actions. However, God sees the matter differently.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: (Psalms 95:10)

God reveals that the origin of sin is in our hearts. It is a heart of lust and covetousness that steals items from those who worked for them. It is a prideful and angry heart that lashes out at those who hinder them from gaining what they desire. It is a proud selfish heart that believes people are just objects to satisfy its sexual pleasures. It is an envious and jealous heart that gossips about others in an attempt to make themselves look better. It is not the Italian, Irish, German or any other ethnic culture that causes a person to have angry or wrathfully outbursts. It is the heart of a person that determines their actions. Circumstances do not determine actions or else everybody would respond the same way to those circumstances. However this is not the case.

Consider for example people who work with a complaining coworker. Some may respond with anger while others may respond with compassion. While some may react by complaining about the complaining coworker, still others may put a lid on their emotions and just deal with it. If situations cause people’s reactions, then the situation must cause the same reaction in all people all of the time. Since they don’t, then the motive for reactions must come from within the individual.

How have you been acting lately? Your outward actions reveal to yourself the condition of your heart. Consider the following verses.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil:for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)

Digging Up Evil (Proverbs 16:27)

Why is it that you more often hear people speak badly of someone than good? Why is it that people look for bad in others? A possible reason why people look for bad is so that they may destroy and pull people down others making them lower than themselves or to expose other people’s lower estate and make themselves appear to be better.

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. (Proverbs 16:27)

However by just glancing at this passage, you can see that those digging for dirt are really the individuals with the spiritual problem. Countless times I have seen people, in the name of Christ, look for dirt either to expose sin or a person’s wavering in faithfulness to Christ.

We would be better to recall and live the words of the Psalmist: “Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14) or the admonition of Paul: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

It is so easy for us to fall into this trap. It happens as a result of our outlook on life. If our heart’s desire is to help people and to make them successful, we may see these same negative characteristics, but only as obstacles to overcome so that the benefits and goodness of the individual may be exposed. Your tongue is a powerful instrument and can be used for good or evil. (James 3:5-10). Make sure that you use it wisely.