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"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. (Matthew 6:1 NIV)
Even if you do something good for someone or for God, be sure you aren't just putting on a show. If you do something righteous, but you do it so you can build up your self image, you'll get no reward in Heaven. A good measurement to see where you are, is to think about your motivation why you are doing what you are doing. If you would do it when you're by yourself and no one would ever see or know what you did aside from God, well then your in the clear! Also, if you make a good decision or God, and no ones around to see, don't tell or brag about it later, God knows what you did and that is all that matters.
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