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What is your motive?

Love vs. Selfishness
"Giving to others' basic needs without having as my motive personal reward"

1 Corinthians 13:3

If I give away all I havebut have not love, I gain nothing.” RSV

Romans 12:9
“Let love be without dissimulation.” KJV

Greek definition for dissimulation”: Pretending to act from one motive, whereas another motive really inspires the act

  • Consider other translations from the Bible

Romans 12:9
“Let love be genuineRSV

Romans 12:9
“Let love be without hypocrisy.” NKJV

Romans 12:9
“[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing)” AMP

Right motives = true gain

Consider the following verse


Luke 12:15
"And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man's life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs." AMP