2 Corinthians 13:7 KJV
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
Paul's prayer for the believers in
was that they would do no evil. He said that the reason he sought that for them
was not that he would look better and appear to be approved by them, but
because it was a better thing to do the right thing.
Even if, in the end, they still believed him to be in the wrong his desire was that honesty prevail and not evil.
Our motives for doing right and seeking that others (such as our children) do right should be more about
- Righteousness and
- Truth than about our
Of course a good testimony is a grand thing and one to be desired, but it must not be our primary motive. To look good for appearance sake is nothing but a pharisaical "whited sepulcher". But to do honestly for the sake of honesty is glorifying
- To the Lord
- To His church and
- To the believer himself