Many times in life, we do things for others; but, we do them for the wrong reasons. God calls us to treat others with kindness, respect, and to help one another. Sometimes, though, we have expectations that change the reason behind why we do these things. Expectations can take away from the true meaning behind these behaviors.
Some of the common expectations are:
- a favor in return
When we do things for others, God asks us to do them without expecting any sort of reward. He asks us to be humble in our actions. According to Bible Verses for Busy Women (2002), Philippians 2:3-4 says, "When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others," (Des Moines, IA: Special Interest Publications, p.51).
It's as simple as that. When we do something nice for someone else, or treat another person with kindness, our motivation is easy: it's just because we can.