If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever. http://bible.com/37/1CO13.1.CEB
These are some pretty impressive sounding abilities and accomplishments, and yet, in God’s economy, they are worthless. Without love as motivation, even the most amazing acts are meaningless to God. I guess its only right – the reason we’d be so impressed is that we look at the appearance of things. By necessity, of course. We don’t have the ability to see the heart of another person, to see why they do what they do. I wonder how that would change the way we treat others, if suddenly we could see the heart behind their actions. Would it change the things we do if others could see why we do them?
In the end, its most important to please God, not man, and He CAN see why you do what you do… Be motivated by love. Love for God, and love for your fellow man.