Today’s Word (12/02/2021): Do not sound a trumpet when you perform charitable deeds

BIBLE VERSE:

Matthew 6:1

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

COUNSEL:

Is it actually possible to perform charitable deeds without people being present? Yes sometimes, but in other situations, such human presence is actually not in the control of the intended giver. So does this mean that the Holy Bible did not adequately take care of the second scenario, where the intended giver has no control over the human presence around him or her? Certainly not!

The Holy Bible in the book of Mathew 6, deals with the intentions of the heart of the giver, and not necessarily his or her public appearances. What is the heart condition of the giver? Is it geared towards pleasing God, or for showmanship? Unlike men, God searches the intentions of the heart, and rewards us accordingly (Jeremiah 17:10).

4 THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT GIVING

1. The presence or absence of a crowd does not determine the gain or loss of a reward from God, the intent of your heart does (Mathe 6:1-2).

2. The bragging rights of a giver, is a symptom of hypocrisy, that seeks glory in men, and not God (Mathew 6:2).

3. When you perform a charitable deed, let your heart to speak to God, and not your mouth to men (Mathew 6:3-4).

4. God confirms His reward openly for charitable deeds done in the confines of the heart that seeks to please Him (Mathew 6:4).

OUR DUTY:

1. Give to the needy and less privileged, with the intent of glorifying God, and not seeking the attention of men.

2. Resist every motivation to be drawn into showmanship with respect to giving, whether in the church, or in the streets.

God bles you.

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