We mean well, don’t we? A plan occurs to us and we believe it to be the right path to accomplish the goal before us. Our well-intentioned purpose is the mission before us, and we want to achieve it at any cost. But sometimes, the cost is not worth it.
No goal should require us to be manipulative, dishonest, or malicious. A desire to help your kid with sports shouldn’t end with yelling at the referee. A job promotion isn’t worth undercutting a co-worker’s reputation. How do we avoid achieving good intentions by bad means?
“For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NASB
As we consider our actions before God, compare it to God’s Word. It may not say, “Don’t badmouth Bob in accounting,” but it does say in Ephesians 4:29 ESV, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Wisdom is found in God’s word to guide us toward the right decisions, so that we may achieve worthy goals in honorable ways.
Lord, I thank you for the purposes you have placed on my heart. I pray that I will compare my actions to Your Word and honor you in all that I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I am participating in Hope*Writer’s 5 day Instagram Challenge. Today’s word was “intention.”