A common saying is "all is well that ends well." There is some truth to it. We cannot and should not obsess about what could have happened or might have happened.
But in life, motive and methods are key to Christian ethics. You see the bible does not judge human action by external actions only.
Often we will see in life a person with many awards for philanthropy or designations for this or that cause reveal their true character. You see men judge by what could be seen outward actions. But the real truth lied within the heart.
It is ultimately motive and truly seeking the right methods which pleases God. Of course a heart motivated and filled with truth will act.
A heart right before God is a heart which wishes to act. But often there are many outward movements which have the form of a heart right before God, but motive is not there.
We cannot know the heart of others in life, but it is the reason so many people are found out to not be the people we thought they were. They were following external forms for this or that reason with internal reality.
You see the bible is summed in two principles, "love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, so and strength," and "love your neighbor as yourself." You see the world cannot keep the law of God because only what is done out of love for God is truly good.
The world often approximates the good and many non-believers do immense amounts of good works in the world. But it falls short of the ultimate reality of living all of life unto God.