Just Do It And Keep Your Mouth Shut!

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Matt 6:3-4

2016 Frieda P. Smith

The performance of charitable deeds produces a wonderful feeling; knowing we were able to do something good for someone else, whether it was to provide clothing, shelter, financial aid, a ride somewhere, or just a word of encouragement.

However, if we have to brag about what we did after the fact, for whom did we really do it?

Ourselves? So as a result, someone could pat us on the back and say, “Wow! You’re such a good person.”

Or perhaps our real motive was to prove how much the other person really needs us in their lives: “If I didn’t help you pay your rent this month, you and your kids would have been evicted.”

My friends, when we do something for someone, we are not supposed to brag about it!  Jesus taught His disciples (His followers), recorded in Matthew 6:3-4,“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

When we were young, our mother—God rest her soul—was always giving away our clothes when we outgrew them. As we would watch her pack our clothes in bags, she would tell us to keep our mouths shut if we ever saw another kid wearing something that once belonged to us. Every now and then, we would see one of the children at our church wearing a coat or dress that had been ours, but we knew better than to say a word.

She believed in this passage and she embedded it into our minds.

My friends, if you are going to do something nice for someone…

Just do it and keep your mouth shut!

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