Pure Motives?

Q. I have a question about salvation that is basically about motives and where we place God.   Should a person question their salvation if they do indeed love God, but a lot of the time love other things or people above Him?  And what about when people first get converted, but their joy and delight are more in the benefit of being saved, than in God’s character in saving them.  Because these motives are present, should a person question their salvation?

A. In Romans 7:15-20 Paul said that he was unable to behave like he really wanted to. It seemed to him like the harder he tried the more often he failed. (That’s true of all of us.) Then in Romans 8:5 he said that those who live according to the sin nature have their minds set on gratifying their sinful desires, while those who live by the Spirit have their minds set on pleasing Him.

Taking these two statements into consideration we can conclude that as long as our intent (motive) is to live in a manner pleasing to God, even though we’re rarely able to live up to it, then we’re living in faith.  By confessing each time we sin, we’re being purified from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and have no fear of condemnation (Romans 8:1).

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