John 12:3 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”
John 12:4 “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s [son], which should betray him,”
John 12:5 “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?”
John 12:6 “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
The reason they do good is so “that they may have glory of men…” I am sure you know such men, but I am hoping you’re not one! They do you a $10 worth of favour and tell the whole world it was $1000.
They want the whole world to know they are the ones that gave you the stuff. Be careful who you receive favours from. Some people do you a favour in anticipation of receiving a bigger one from you! Watch out for baits!
Jesus advised on giving alms with the right motive, he said:
Matthew 6:3 “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:”
Matthew 6:4 “That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”
That is giving with the right motive!
Jesus went further to speak about the issue of adultery. He made a very powerful statement in this regard. Hear him:
Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
But, “I didn’t carry out the act”, you say; but the Master says, it is not about the act. It is about the intention or motive behind the look! This goes for other acts as well; God marks motives or intentions, while man marks actions.
I love the way Jesus handled the issue of the woman caught in the act of adultery.
To be continued…
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