God motivates us to feel and to do what we should by calling to our minds his past performances of love and his future promises of love—some near, some far.
Be sure that you are connected to the way God means to motivate you with the backward look and the distant forward look and the near forward look. For example:
Motivation by the backward look:
Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Motivation by the distant forward look:
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. (Matthew 5:12)
Let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we s…