men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven. Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already. But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Matthew 6:1-4 AMP)
1. We must give, for he states in verse 2 "Whenever you give" not if you choose to give, implying that this is what he expects from us
2. Our intentions when giving must not be to seek personal praise from man
3. Our giving should be in secret so that we can gain Gods' public reward. (This is ensure that our intent of giving is not to seek mans praise)
Grace and Peace!
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