(Proverbs 16:2 KJV) All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
It is obvious that how we live is important, or at least it should be obvious. All the calls for righteousness and upright walks are repeated for a reason. It is also important “why” we live that way. One reason we are not saved by works is because God looks at our attitudes as much as our actions. That is what this verse points out.
Are your “spirits” (motives NASB) (7307) right? Do you tell the truth because you might get caught or because it is the right thing to do? Do you tithe out of fear or love? You may not know what is in my heart, but God does. We can only be assured of the right motives when we call on Him to work on our hearts and make them right. That is why the fruit of the Spirit develops in transformed hearts and love is the first fruit listed.
So? Time for the good old attitude check. If you are not in the green, it is time to call on God to work in your inner being.