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.
The Apostle appealed to the Corinthians to do no evil. Certainly it is best when people don't. But in this passage he qualifies why a person ought to do right rather than wrong. Doing right is always the right thing. But it is possible to do right for the wrong reasons.
Some people do right for the sake of appearances.
- They do the right thing though inwardly they are thinking the wrong thing
- They do the right thing, but they do it for praise of men
- They do the right thing but they do it to manipulate others
Paul said the right reason to do right is because it is right.
I would sure prefer that a person does the right thing even if he does it for wrong reasons. It is never right to do wrong. But better still that we do right because it is right to do right.