Thursday, September 16, 2010

daily text 9/16

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
"When making gifts of mercy, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, that your gifts of mercy may be in secret; then your Father who is looking on in secret will repay you" (Matthew 6:3, 4)

Our hands usually work together. Therefore, not letting the left hand know what the right is doing means that we do not advertise our charitable deeds, even to those as close to us as our left hand is to our right hand. If we do not boast about our charity, our "gifts of mercy" will be in secret. Then our Father, "who is looking on in secret," will repay us. Residing in the heavens and invisible to human eyes, our heavenly Father remains "in secret" as far as mankind is concerned. (John 1:18) Repayment from the one "looking on in secret" includes Jehovah's bringing us into an intimate relationship with him, forgiving our sins, and granting us eternal life. (Proverbs 3:32; John 17:3; Ephesians 1:7) That is so much better than receiving praise from humans!
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 2:20, 21)

I'll probably need to post an off-topic experience, because if a person was truly applying the words of today's text (and not "advertising" their gifts of mercy), than there wont be any experience written about it. lol.