Interpretation of the Holy Bible - St. Matthew : Chapter 6 - lesson 32
- Teaching about Almsgiving :
Matthew 6:1 "Be cautious in your alms-giving, not to perform it
before men, so that you may be seen of them: otherwise, you have no
reward from your Father who is in heaven "
"Alms giving are way of fulfilling one's own duty to his own
brother. But if it is done with other intensions like for fame etc
then, he lost the reward form God. Because he has received the
reward, which was the praise from men. That is, the work was good
but intention was bad. The same principle guides in prayer also.
Because if you are praying for the worldly matters you may get it,
but then it costs you the reward that God alone can give you, the
eternal life. In short, one who trades worldly things for eternal
life is a fool.
"Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving
accompanied by righteousness. It is better to give alms than to
store up gold " (Tobit 12:8). The Jewish Rabbi's taught that alms
giving were more dignified than sacrifice.
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