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Theasaurus: Motives

38 Bible Verses about motives

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Philippians 1:18

What does it matter? Just that in every way, whether out of false motives or true, Christ is proclaimed. And in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice

1 Corinthians 3:13

each one's work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one's work.

2 Corinthians 10:2

I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are walking in a fleshly way.

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our exhortation didn't come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive.

Psalm 17:3

You have tested my heart; You have visited by night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil]; I have determined that my mouth will not sin.

Philippians 1:17

the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, seeking to cause [me] trouble in my imprisonment.

Proverbs 20:5

Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it up.

2 Corinthians 5:11

Knowing, then, the fear of the Lord, we persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well.

James 2:4

haven't you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Proverbs 21:27

The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable- how much more so when he brings it with ulterior motives!

1 Chronicles 29:17

I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with uprightness. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.

Proverbs 24:12

If you say, "But we didn't know about this," won't He who weighs hearts consider it? Won't He who protects your life know? Won't He repay a person according to his work?

Galatians 4:17

They are enthusiastic about you, but not for any good. Instead, they want to isolate you so you will be enthusiastic about them.

2 Corinthians 10:3

For although we are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way,

Psalm 7:9

Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The One who examines the thoughts and emotions is a righteous God.

Topics on Motives

Motives, Examples Of


Some, to be sure, preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will.

Motives, Importance Of


Yet He saved them because of His name, to make His power known.

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