Saturday, January 14, 2012

Good Deeds Should be Done Privately

    Today’s Reading:
  • Matthew 6:1-24
  • Psalm 7:1-17
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Matthew 6:1-24
This reading teaches very good lessons. It starts off by saying not to give publicly – do good deeds, pray, and fast, but it do it all privately. Each of these verses reinforces that if you do any of those things for the attention that you get from other people, then that will be all the reward you will receive. Do it instead for your heavenly reward. So it seems to me this passage isn’t saying that doing these things for recognition is a sin, but I don't think you'd get your full heavenly award and fulfillment if you do it for recognition.

Psalm 7:1-17
This was another very powerful psalm from David calling for protection and vengeance against his enemies. I like how David doesn’t just beg the Lord to save him. Instead he tells the Lord to punish him if he’s been wicked and prays for the Lord to take vengeance against those who are wicked. To sum up this reading, I just want to remark on how I love verse 14. This is the NLT version, so take that into account, but they did a great job with it regardless:
“The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.”

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