Read Matthew 6:1-34
Jesus continues to teach on various topics. The first topic is charitable deeds. When you do a good deed, don’t go around telling people about it so others may know you did it. The motive behind why you did the good deed is what is important. If you did it so others might say, “Oh how thoughtful, she really is a saint,” then that’s all the reward you will ever get. Guess what? The good feeling you got won’t last either.
The right motive behind every charitable deed is love. There is no love without sacrifice. We love because Jesus loved us. Jesus was willing to die for us to demonstrate His love for us. When we do charitable deeds from a heart of love, it is a blessing to the person helped, the person who did the good deed, and to God. I imagine Him saying, “That’s my girl. Look how she loves.” If the internal motive is not right the outward work will not be all that it should be.
How’s your motive?
Dear Jesus, you are our example. Lead us this day with pure motives. Teach us to love others as you have loved us. In your name we pray. Amen.
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