Guessing at people’s motives

This week we’re considering Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

It can be tempting to over-simply this idea. That’s what we do when we say it’s “just about being nice.” Well, being nice is good—but it steers us away from thinking more deeply and intentionally about how to apply it directly to our own lives.

So far this week we’ve talked about respecting other people’s opinions and being honest with others, but in a way that is sensitive.

Here’s something else to consider. Don’t you just hate it when people guess at your motives for doing something, and assume that your reasons for speaking or acting in a certain way must be shady?

Nine times out of ten, guessing at people’s motives is guessing wrongly.

It follows, therefore, that we shouldn’t (wrongly) guess at other people’s motives for saying or doing something. Why do we always assume the worst?

If we have concerns, we should simply start a conversation that is seasoned with sincerity and concern.

As you go about your day, and as you seek to be faithful in the footsteps of Jesus, do unto others…

Don’t guess at other people’s motives.


–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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