Righteous Charity

Righteous CharityWhat in the world is righteous charity?  A while back, I had a neighbor who would constantly tell me all of the charitable things they had done in recent past. I considered it bragging. It is wrong to be self-righteous in the company of others, about doing charitable deeds. This includes contributing money, helping the elderly and/or assisting in an organized event such as a Thanksgiving food drive. True righteous charity comes to you when you do these things from the goodness of your heart, expecting absolutely nothing in return. When you do this, the Holy Spirit will dispense upon you a feeling of great peace, love and a level of satisfaction that you pleased God; a satisfaction that you cannot obtain by yourself.

“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.” (Matt 6:1-4)

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
(James 4:10)

“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” (James 2:2-4)

(Also see Charity)

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