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Reflections on Jesus teaching in Matthew
Matthew 6:2-4: So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly, I tell you, they have received their rewarding full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving maybe in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Jesus now confronts those who parade their religion for all to see although inwardly their hearts are not at all committed to what they are doing. Their lives are all SHOW but inwardly they are far from God. Our generosity, our good deeds are not intended to make others say, ‘what a kind person,’ ‘what a generous person,’ ‘she must be a good person, look at all she is giving.’ The religious people of Jesus’ day performed religious duties but their hearts were far from having a true faith in God. It’s so easy to get caught up in doing just this. Remember our Heavenly Father knows what our true motives are.
Father, may I not be like the hypocrites but have a generous heart in all I do and say for your sake. Amen
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