God sees much deeper than man does; he knows the thoughts and the intents of our hearts. Therefore, God does not just judge us by our outward actions but he looks down even unto the motives of our heart that precipitated that action. Sins of the heart before God are just as egregious as sins of external actions, as we see from Jesus’ examples of lust and murder in the heart. Our motives should be to serve God from the heart, with a pure heart, fervently, loving God and loving others as we ought.
The Gospel of Grace Radio Broadcast from 2-11-2018.