Daily Encouragement ~ 1/31

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 6:1

“Alms” is defined as righteous actions, or in one of today’s terms, good deeds. What this instruction of Jesus says to me—in today’s terms—is don’t do good deeds thinking people will think you’re a good person; do them because you want to do good things for people regardless of what anyone thinks. In fact, Jesus goes on to say we should do our good deeds anonymously, so that the only one who knows is God.

Men who see you doing good deeds might pat you on the back; God will reserve you a seat at His throne.

I might also add that you shouldn’t do good deeds—even in secret—just to “impress” God. God doesn’t want you to do things to impress Him, He wants you to do good things because you love Him and His Spirit dwells within you. There’s a big difference.

It might sound complicated, but it’s really very simple:

  1. A.    We love God
  2. B.     He fills us with His love and Spirit
  3. C.     We become more like Him
  4. D.    We do good things for others.

I could go on with the ABCs of God’s ways, but I think you get the picture.


  1. I like this movement of the Holy Spirit…the anonymous act of doing good because you want to…and regardless of what others think …the last part takes particular courage.

    Thank you…
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. cheri said

    everyone should do a good deed and NOT tell anyone at least once–so you can feel the feeling of doing good without ANY “ego” involved…you may find it difficult not to tell someone–but don’t–it’s a secret just between you and God–makes it special:)
    ****good encouragement Charlie:)

  3. elizena said

    Nice encouragement Charles. I try to encourage my great-nieces and nephews, but my youngest nephew told me last week, he wants people to know when he does something good for them. I told him that God was going to be so happy for him and wasn’t that more important? His response? “I can’t wait that long!” I’m sure he’ll get after a while. Be blessed.

    • I love his response! But he’ll learn. I’m still learning things every day. I can’t believe how often I read a verse or chapter in the Bible, and though I’ve readit a hundred times before, it finally comes clear. I love it when that happens. I like to think God does this on purpose, because He only reveals things to us when we’re ready to know them. Ya know what I mean??

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