Not So Good
A Bible lesson about doing good works
around the group and find out if anyone can tell about a time that they
were inspired or motivated by hearing about something good done by
When you do something good is it alright for someone else to know about your good works? (Take answers)
Are there times when we should not tell about good works? (Take answers)
Are there times when we should tell about good works? (Take answers)
Does anyone know off the top of their heads what the Bible has to say about this? (Take answers)
Read Mathew 6:1
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."
What is Mathew 6:1 saying? (Take answers)
Read Mathew 5:16
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
verse says that others should see your good works.
verse says that you should NOT let others see your good works–So,
which is it? (Take answers)
What is the difference between these two verses? (Glorifying God vs. Glorifying self)
Read Mathew 6:3
"But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing..."
Get opinions from members of the group about what they think Mathew 6:3 means.
the verse again, but this time substitute ‘one person’ for
'your left hand' and ‘the other person’ for ‘your right hand.'
"But when you do a charitable deed, do not let one person know what the other person is doing..."
When we read the verse that way, it sounds like it's okay to tell as long as we leave the people's names out.
Is it alright to tell of someone’s good works if the names are left out? (depends on the motive)
stories about the good works you or someone else have done can be a
very effective way to inspire others and bring glory to God; however,
it can also be a very effective way of bringing glory to yourself, to
another person, to an organization, or even to a specific church.
Unfortunately, stories about good works can also be used to spread
An example of spreading gossip:
wife was caught cheating on him. It was going on for years and
George didn’t even know about it. George was very upset
about the whole thing and began suffering from depression. So, I
gave him some Bible verses to read and God’s Word was able to
comfort him and bring him out of his depression. Praise
An example of glory to self:
“We saved up $8,000
for a vacation. The whole family worked really hard to save up
all that money for our vacation. Then some missionaries came to
our church and we decided to send the money to help the poor people in
Africa. Praise God that He was able to use us to help those
people in Africa.”
An example of doing it right:
in the church saw a needy family who had no food so this person got
through the month on only half of the money he would normally spend on
groceries. He then used the other half of the money to buy food
for this family. He found out later that just before he brought
them the food, the family had been praying for God to provide them
something to eat. Praise God that He used one of His people to
prayer of another.”
Each and every time we are
about to tell a story of the good works of ourselves or someone else, we
need to think about our motives before opening our mouths.
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2007 by Keith Rawlinson. Since you are encouraged to use this
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