Is motivation important? That should be an obvious one. The difference between an upright believer and an uptight legalist is motivation. The Bible makes a clear statement about theft.
(Exo 20:15 KJV) Thou shalt not steal.That seems pretty clear to me. It is short and straight. Then Solomon throws this in.
This is not supposed to be an encouragement for us to seek excuses for our sin. This is to point out that sometimes things are more complex than we think. It means that we should take into consideration the motivation of people as they wrong us.
So? Do you have a legitimate gripe against someone? Sure they wronged you. Yes, you are the offended party. It doesn’t matter. We are always supposed to temper our desire for justice with mercy and understanding.