Why > What

All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives. – Proverbs 16:2

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Justification can be good or bad, depending upon the definition or perspective. For example, justification in the biblical sense is a wonderful thing. It is the righteousness of Christ imputed to the regenerate sinner … the declaration of innocence by a just and holy God. On the other hand, justification (when used to describe the motives behind less than stellar decisions or actions) can be a terrible thing. It is possible for a person to feel justified in what he says or does, yet God not be glorified by his actions. Justification is not warranted in such circumstances and a person should repent of his or her actions. One shouldn’t always BE justified, even though they may FEEL justified in the act.

With God, the “why” of our actions will always weigh more than the “what”; therefore, it is best to place both in His balance and let Him weigh them before you act.

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason. – C. S. Lewis

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