“We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions,” a pastor once said. Isn’t this painfully true? I find it especially accurate in our current society. Many quickly and aggressively judge the slightest actions of others, while excusing themselves of equally bad behavior.

I know I think more highly of myself than I should. That’s why I’m thankful for an omnipotent god. He isn’t fooled. He knows our hearts. It’s a scary thing to be examined by a holy god, but it is also a beautiful thing. For as he examines us, he forgives and transforms us (Romans 5:1-11).

This week, I continue to memorize in Proverbs 16.

“People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.” Prov 16:2