It’s easy to give to those who show appreciation. And those who are ungrateful, no matter the gift, will never get any opportunity to show any appreciation should we decide to stop giving to them. Without the gift as foundation, there’s nothing to appreciate. The building, the hopes, and the beliefs are all destined to crumble, without Christ as the foundation.
It’s not easy to give to those who don’t know or see how needy they are. They may even trample over the gift, and spit in his face. They are so powerless that they can’t see any good even for their own selves.
Be not anxious to give. But be ready to give at the first opportunity, not to your praises, but to the praises of God’s love in Christ Jesus.
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:32-36)
One small good deed done in secret surpasses ten-thousand good deeds seeking the praises of many.
Give, O give abundantly, mercifully.
“when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.” (Matthew 6:3)