Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” – Matthew 6:2.
Comment: The doing of charity is a noble deed. Saint Paul said: “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) Alms-giving should be done with humility and grace, giving honour to the beneficiary; rather than disparage the poor. (Romans 15:1; 1 Peter 4:9) Saint Paul admonished: “… he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity…” (Romans 12:8) It is improper to publicise one’s alms or charity to others as Christ warned: “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” – Matthew 6:3, 4; Hebrews 13:1, 6.
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