Devotions for July 31, 2017

MATTHEW 6:1-4

Teaching about Giving to the Needy
6 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

PRIVATE EYES ARE WATCHING YOU

Jesus uses’ the hypocrites as an example to show how their hearts were sick. They wanted to be seen by man instead of being seen by God, they wanted to enjoy the prestige and the honor instead of honoring God with their hearts.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Jesus gives us a pattern to follow in giving, prayer, and charitable deeds. What is the common theme between them?

Q: Are you honoring God with your heart through your actions? Do you give to get, or give because you’ve been given to?

Q: When you are being an example to others, what are they most likely to follow? Your words, or your actions? Why?

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