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A Daily Devotion for Tuesday, December 13

Matthew 6: 1-4

"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

I think the message here is about intent. Are we giving to look good, or giving to do good? The intent must be love, compassion or generosity for the sake of love. If I have some other purpose, there may be something else I need to consider.

Father God, there are times I have struggled with this. Help me to no longer seek recognition or honor for any of the things I do to love your creation. This is between you and me. Amen

Becky, transforming

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