When we fall in love with God, we want to do good deeds for one reason–to please Him. We don’t need recognition, praise or good deeds from others because the experience of God’s goodness exceeds all of these things. We do what is good and right because it brings us closer to what we know is best–Him! The Bible says it plainly: “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:3‬) http://bible.com/59/1co.13.3.esv. Love gives value to our good deeds.

Selfishness is the antithesis of love. If we are doing good to obtain something for ourselves–even if it’s just appreciation–our selfish desire taints the joy of the good deed. When we know the love of God, we give with love because we do not need to take anything from others. God’s love makes us unselfish. It purifies our giving. God’s love gives meaning to our good deeds because His love gives us purpose beyond ourselves. Close to God, we learn to love others with an expectancy of pleasing God instead of an expectation from people. It’s freeing!

When we seek God with all our heart, He fills every part of our life. Seeking Him with all our heart means He becomes more important than the things which separate us from Him like–worry, fear, lies, unkindness, selfishness, impure shows and music, etc. We confess our trespasses. We seek to know Him in His Word. We talk to Him like our best friend. As we faithfully do these things, He opens our eyes to His goodness. We realize we never want to be without Him again. We are motivated to do good deeds for the sole reason that it pleases our best friend who gives us everything.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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