Lamentations 3:40-41 ” Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven…”

Many times during the day we have to choose to either please self or please God. And depending on our motive, we will pick being selfish or selfless…exalting ourselves or glorifying God. This Scripture tells us to examine our ways, or our hearts…for within it lies our true motives. Jesus was quite clear about our heart’s motives when He said in Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” When we chose to please self, we place our desires above God and everyone else…allowing our sin nature to rule. But when we choose to submit to God rather than self, we are no longer living for ourselves but for Him who died for us. (II Corinthians 5:15)

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