Saturday, January 1, 2011

When you do a charitable deed

Matthew 6: 1-4

Story & Lessons

The Lord Jesus shows how we should practice our righteousness.

The problem with the Pharisees was that they wanted to be seen and praised by men when they gave to the poor, when they prayed and when they fasted.

We must not be like them!

We must seeks God’s glory rather than self-glory.

We must love our neighbor.

Jesus expects us to be generous in giving to the needy.

"When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets" (2).


If we only give because we want people to think well of us, or if we want everyone to know that we are generous, our motives are sinful!

Those who want the praise of men will get the reward they are seeking — the praise of men! They will have nothing from God!

When we give, we should afterwards forget about what we have given and get on with our lives.

We are only able to show benevolence to others because the Lord has blessed us.

All that we have, we owe to his goodness.

Our Father in heaven sees our hearts, sees our motives, sees all that we do, and he remembers.

What great rewards await those who serve the Lord for His own glory!


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