Sometimes I want to do something to someone, which seems harmless or even helpful on the surface, then I detect that there is the underlying motive to justify myself, to hurt someone emotionally, to convey a subtle message, or to put someone in his or her place. This must not be so because we must let love motivate every thought. (I didn't include word and deed because they automatically follow thought.) This is what following Christ is all about. To follow Christ is to follow love and nothing else. The Lord has made it clear that this is the way to eternal life.