07 Sep Motives of Our Hearts (1 Cor 4:5) by Rosemary Bernth
“Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.” ~ 1 Cor 4:5 (full readings)
Rosemary’s Reflections: All our actions come with reasons; we maintain a good diet and exercise to stay healthy; we put money into savings accounts to pay for future expenses. Of course, sometimes our motivations are not as crystal clear as others. Some people have their own secret agendas. For example, Planned Parenthood. The organization has generated countless abortions for a high price under the guise of women’s health. Not only are the lives of the unborn destroyed, but those of the mother, father, and the potential lives those children would have touched. We have uncovered the truth about Planned Parenthood from those who had been part of its dark scheme to prey on the vulnerable. As Christians, we are moved to fight for Truth and Life, no matter what the cost is to our social standing. God will know what side we’re on when the final battle comes, so stay strong if we are demeaned by others because of our beliefs.
*Rosemary Bernth (LIFE Runner) was a journalist for the Diocese of Sioux City’s newspaper and is now a writing/travel graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Faith Challenge: What motivates your faith? Are you just going through the motions? Let it grow into something that is not just worth dying for, but something to live for as well. Let everything you do come from a good heart.
Feast Day: Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Faith Quote: “Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.” ~ Proverbs 17:5
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.