(Pro 16:2 KJV) All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
We all have our own “ways” (1870) of doing things. Part of that is the physical limitation of being locked in our own bodies and only having our senses. It is impossible to truly see things from some one else’s point of view. We also have the powerful ability to rationalize. If I remember my psych 101 that means that we manipulate reality to make ourselves look good. We are “clean” (2134), at least in our own “eyes" (sight NASB) (5869). We are so good at convincing ourselves we are right.
This is one of the reasons God has given us the written word. We have a beacon of truth to compare our ideas with. If we are honestly seeking, the Bible will help us to evaluate what we see and what we do. Because we are human we may still get it wrong. That is why so many intelligent people of good will disagree on so many things.
But God “weighs” (8505) our “motives” (7307). He looks into our heart and judges why we do what we do, not just what we do. This is such a key truth for us to understand. It is not a case of either/or but of both/and.
For some this will be a relief. Some are trying their hardest. God knows. For others this is a disaster. They are full of hidden motives and agendas. God knows. He is full of mercy and compassion for honest mistakes but keep in mind: God does not play games.