Give to the Poor Without Fanfare

A small girl giving alms to a poor old woman.
A small girl giving alms to a poor old woman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  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.  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: 1-5 KJV).

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack (Proverbs 28: 27 KJV).

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20: 35 KJV).

Helping others–specifically the poor, needy, widows, afflicted, orphans, and those treated unjustly–is a recurring theme throughout the Bible, stressed in both the Old and New Testaments.  Give without fanfare.  Boasting to receive praise from men is not only unbecoming, it robs you of God’s favor.

Give because it’s the right thing to do, but don’t be surprised when God rewards you in unexpected ways.  Loving and seeking God with all of your heart brings you into a deeper relationship with Him.


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