The Mountain: Good Giving

Jesus then warned against  giving with strings attached — in contrast to good giving (44):

Don’t perform your religious duties in public, so people will see how “religious” you are! God will not reward such two-faced giving.

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So, for example, when you give something to a needy person, don’t make a big show of it, as hypocrites do.  Because they want people to praise them, that’s all the praise they’ll get.

Instead, when you help a needy person, do it privately.

And God, who sees what you do privately, will both praise & reward you.

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(44) Matthew 6:1-4