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Giving to Needy People
1"Be careful not to do 'good works' in front of others. Don't do them to be seen by others. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you.
2"When you give to needy people, do not announce it by having trumpets blown. Do not be like those who only pretend to be holy. They announce what they do in the synagogues and on the streets. They want to be honored by others. What I'm about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward.
3"When you give to the needy, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4Then your giving will be done secretly. Your Father will reward you. He sees what you do secretly.
Prayer
5"When you pray, do not be like those who only pretend to be holy. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners. They want to be seen by others. What I'm about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward.
6"When you pray, go into your room. Close the door and pray to your Father, who can't be seen. He will reward you. Your Father sees what is done secretly.
7"When you pray, do not keep talking on and on the way ungodly people do. They think they will be heard because they talk a lot. 8Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him.
9"This is how you should pray. " 'Our Father in heaven,
may your name be honored.
10May your kingdom come.
May what you want to happen be done
on earth as it is done in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our sins,
just as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.
13Keep us from falling into sin when we are tempted.
Save us from the evil one.'
14"Forgive people when they sin against you. If you do, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive people their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Fasting
16"When you go without eating, do not look gloomy like those who only pretend to be holy. They make their faces very sad. They want to show people they are fasting. What I'm about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward.
17"But when you go without eating, put olive oil on your head. Wash your face. 18Then others will not know that you are fasting. Only your Father, who can't be seen, will know it. He will reward you. Your Father sees what is done secretly.
Put Away Riches in Heaven
19"Do not put away riches for yourselves on earth. Moths and rust can destroy them. Thieves can break in and steal them. 20Instead, put away riches for yourselves in heaven. There, moths and rust do not destroy them. There, thieves do not break in and steal them. 21Your heart will be where your riches are.
22"The eye is like a lamp for the body. Suppose your eyes are good. Then your whole body will be full of light. 23But suppose your eyes are bad. Then your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light inside you is darkness, then it is very dark!
24"No one can serve two masters at the same time. He will hate one of them and love the other. Or he will be faithful to one and dislike the other. You can't serve God and Money at the same time.
Do Not Worry
25"I tell you, do not worry. Don't worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don't worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn't there more to life than eating? Aren't there more important things for the body than clothes?
26"Look at the birds of the air. They don't plant or gather crops. They don't put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren't you worth much more than they are?
27"Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don't work or make clothing. 29But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all of his glory was dressed like one of those flowers.
30"If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won't he dress you even better? After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. Your faith is so small!
31"So don't worry. Don't say, 'What will we eat?' Or, 'What will we drink?' Or, 'What will we wear?' 32People who are ungodly run after all of those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them.
33"But put God's kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all of those things will also be given to you.
34"So don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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Teaching About Charitable Giving
1#Mt 23:5; 6:16#“Be sure that you not do your charitable deeds before men to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2#Mt 6:5; 6:16; Jn 5:44“Therefore, when you do your charitable deeds, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 3But when you do your charitable deeds, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4#Mt 6:6; 6:18that your charitable deeds may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
The Lord’s Prayer
Lk 11:1–4
5#Mt 6:2; 6:16; Mk 11:25“When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6#2Ki 4:33; Isa 26:20But you, when you pray, enter your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7#1Ki 18:26–29; Mt 6:32But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. 8#Mt 6:32; Ps 38:9Do not be like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask Him.
9“Therefore pray in this manner:
Our Father who is in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
10#Mt 3:2; 4:17 Your kingdom come;
Your will be done
on earth, as it is in heaven.
11#Pr 30:8; Isa 33:16 Give us this day our daily bread.
12#Ex 34:7; Ps 32:1 And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
13#1Co 10:13; Jn 17:15 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14#Mk 11:25; Eph 4:32For if you forgive men for their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15#Mt 18:35But if you do not forgive men for their sins, neither will your Father forgive your sins.
Teaching About Fasting
16#Mt 6:2; Ps 35:13“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces so they may appear to men to be fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 17#Ru 3:3But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18#Mt 6:4; 6:6so that you will not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Treasures in Heaven
Lk 12:33–34
19#Heb 13:5; Lk 12:21“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20#Lk 12:33; Mt 19:21But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in nor steal, 21#Lk 12:34for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The Light of the Body
Lk 11:34–36
22“The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23#Mt 20:15; Mk 7:22But if your eye is unclear, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
God and Money
24#Lk 16:13; 16:11; 16:9“No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Care and Anxiety
Lk 12:22–34
25#Mt 6:31; 6:34; Php 4:6“Therefore, I say to you, take no thought about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body than clothing? 26#Job 38:41; Ps 147:9Look at the birds of the air, for they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? 27Who among you by taking thought can add a cubit#A cubit is about half a meter. to his stature?
28#Mt 6:25; 6:31“Why take thought about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: They neither work, nor do they spin. 29#1Ki 10:4–7; 2Ch 9:4–6Yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30#Mt 8:26; 14:31Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31#1Pe 5:7Therefore, take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32#Mt 6:8; Lk 12:30(For the Gentiles seek after all these things.) For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33#1Ti 4:8; 1Ki 3:11–13But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. 34#Mt 6:25Therefore, take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the trouble thereof.