FROM THE PULPIT: Question your motives before acting

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 02:41 PM.

In Matthew 6:2-4, Jesus says, “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly, I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  

If you are doing something for another person, question your motivation. Are you doing it to help that person? On some conscious or unconscious level, are you doing it to bolster yourself in others’ eyes?

Finally, please pray for Bostonians who died or were injured Monday during the Boston Marathon bomb blasts.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.

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