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|NASB||Matthew 6:3 "But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,|
|Matthew 6:3 "But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy],|
|Subject: Seek Secrecy for Good Deeds|
Bible Note: "Seek secrecy for your good deeds. Do not even see your own virtue. Hide from yourself that which you yourself have done that is commendable; for the proud contemplation of your own generosity may tarnish all your alms. Keep the thing so secret that even you yourself are hardly aware that you are doing anything at all praiseworthy. Let God be present, and you will have enough of an audience. He will reward you, reward you 'openly', reward you as a Father rewards a child, reward you as one who saw what you did and knew that you did it wholly unto Him.
"Lord, help me, when I am doing good, to keep my left hand out of it, that I may have no sinister [Latin root for 'left'] motive, and no desire to have a present reward of praise among my fellow-men." --Charles H. Spurgeon, Exposition of Matthew, chapter 6
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