Thursday, 24 April 2008

Charitable deeds

I was reading the new testament today on the bus and I was moved by what it was written in Matthew 6 - "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven."

I guess, being a more behind the scene person, I totally agree that charitable deeds should not be done for anyone to see. It must not even told to anyone that one has done a charitable deed. Should one do deeds for reward from Father in heaven? My thoughts - though the verse states reward will be from Father in heaven, I believe it will be a wonderful feeling even if there's not reward from Father.

I remember that the charitable program is coming on. Artistes will be performing to encourage donations. Attractive prizes will be presented to encourage people to donate but at the same time hope to try their luck to get the big prize. It is a win-win situation. Do humans have to resort to encouragement or pushing factors to perform charitable deeds?

A charitable deed shouldn't be encouraged or pushed, it has to willingly come from one's heart. I hope more and more people will help the needy without thoughts of reward.

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