Scripture: You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15
Prayer: Lord, You know our hearts and our deepest thoughts, we thank You for Your mercy and forgiveness of our sinful thinking. Help us to avoid the exalted lies of man and seek only truth in You. Amen.
Application: It is in our nature to seek the approval of others, but it is important to know that God knows your heart. To “do the right thing” with a deceitful or selfish heart may make your resume look nice, but you can’t lie to God. You have to actually love Him.
Identify something you are doing for selfish reasons. How can Jesus make that into something pure and beautiful?