Right Thing Thinking

Within the scriptures, there are no reasons expressed for what motivates God to love us. Many times the Scriptures say that God was aroused due to behavior in people. So what motivates God to do what He does? He has absolute moral integrity. He seems never to be motivated by the outcome. With absolute moral integrity, there is only one reason within Him for what He does. I believe His only motivation is doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. He must be thinking rightly about what He does because He is perfect. God uses right thing thinking (RTT).

Since we are made in His image, it makes sense that we were originally made to be motivated by moral integrity - to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Yet, we are usually motivated by the outcome of our own agenda, outcome-based thinking (OBT). OBT is focusing on the expected results to formulate decisions and choices. OBT first shows up in Genesis 3. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve knew what to do, but chose differently for the outcome of being like God. It turned Adam and Eve from right-minded moral integrity (RTT) to looking out for self at the expense of moral integrity (OBT). God knows the right thing to do because He is omniscient. We are made in God’s image. Should we know what is the right thing to do, RTT?

The Scripture has many references to RTT. Here are a few (all quotes are from New King James Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN):

Genesis 4:6So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."

Romans 12:21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Luke6:31And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

Philippians4:8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

1 Timothy4:14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.


Philippians 2:12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Well, how do we know what to do? The passage of Scripture from Philippians to the left, says that we have Him working in us to know how to choose the right thing to do. If God is motivated rightly and we have Him in us working, we will be motivated to do the right thing as well.

This passage also says that our thinking will be in the right direction. If He wills in us, how can that be wrong? His thinking cannot be wrong. Jesus said that, "My sheep know my voice." We have the WWJD fashion hardware as reminders of this fact. Some people think they cannot think like God thinks because His ways are past our figuring Him out. Yet He calls us to follow him and God sent Jesus to be God with us so we would have a redeemer and someone who would lead us to being one with The Father.

John 17:20"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

There are many more passages than these few that indicate we can have RTT. The command is clear that we are to think wisely and carry out wise behavior. So RTT is Biblical. Is it practical? Yes, and will be very good to the dispositions in relationships.

Usually, people do not carry out RTT because they are focusing on their own agenda becoming accomplished (OBT). Their agenda can be good or evil, but if it is their own agenda, it is not God’s agenda. If it is outcome based, it is not RTT. Do you remember the last time you did something hard that was the right thing to do? Do you remember the feeling that came from such behavior? I suspect that you felt good, satisfied, content, and/or rewarded from the inside. RTT leads instantly toward satisfaction. If you feel bad, set your mind on RTT, do something wisely based upon those thoughts, and you will feel better. What is your focus?

All of our decisions have outcomes. You will have an outcome wether you are using OBT or RTT. Do you want a life of satisfaction or frustration? Can you be content with others being who they are, even if they are not according to how we would make them or how we want them to act? Can you be content with who we are, just as God made us and how He redeemed us? With OBT, there could be thousands of possible outcomes to any thought process or event. With RTT, there will usually be one right way to decide. The difference will be in the heart and how you want to relate to God and others. You have a choice!

Joshua 24:15And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,