In preparation for this lesson, read Deuteronomy 6:5-6, Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 12:35, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, and Hebrews 11:6. Write down your thoughts about the importance of examining our inner motives as part of our process of making ethical decisions.

This lesson will be divided into three major sections:

Importance of Motives
Motive of Faith
Motive of Love

Goals and Objectives of Lesson 9


In this lesson, we would like to accomplish the following:

1. We hope you will begin to give greater importance to inner motives in making ethical decisions, and that you will develop more wholesome motives for your own decisions.

2. We hope you will make use of all the resources and activities of the lesson to understand key biblical teachings regarding the motives of the heart.

3. We hope you make some changes in your life as a response to the teachings of this lesson. We hope you begin to examine your motives as part of your process of making ethical decisions.


When you have done the following, it will show that the goals are met:

1. Use all the resources and complete all the written assignments of the lesson, expressing how the lesson has changed your attitude toward inner motives in ethical decisions, and how it has changed some of your own motives.

2. Obtain a satisfactory grade on the test, demonstrating that you can identify key aspects of the biblical teaching regarding inner motives, and that you can identify the meaning of hope, faith, love, repentance, common grace, the "heart," and virtue.

3. Answer the application questions in the study guides, showing how you have applied the teachings of the lesson to your life.

"Instructions for Lesson 9"

Carefully read the "Instructions for Lesson 9." You may want to print them out so that you can refer to them as you proceed through the assignments.

If you need a little reminder of how to do the assignments, go back to the instructions of lesson one and read the "General Instructions for Assignments" again.

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