“Be careful,” warned Jesus. “Don’t perform your acts of kindness in public, to be seen by others. If you do, you won’t get any reward from your Father in heaven.
“So, when you give to charity, don’t draw attention to it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, to be admired by others. I can assure you that this will be all the reward they’ll ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Instead, give your gifts in secret. Then your Father, who sees what happens in secret, will reward you openly.
“And when you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, so that everyone can admire them. I can assure you that this will be all the reward they’ll ever get. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door behind you, and pray to your Father in secret. Then your Father, who sees what happens in secret, will reward you openly.
“When you pray, don’t use vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they imagine that their many words will bring an answer. No, don’t copy them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“Instead, pray like this: Our Father in heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our offences, as we forgive those who’ve offences against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours in the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
“For if you forgive those who offend against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your offences.”