Sermon on fasting, praying and giving before men (Matt 6:1-8, 14-16)
After the fast comes the feast. After the day of atonement, when
At this feast, be careful to purify your motives. Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. We don’t partake because we are righteous enough to do so, but because we know we need mercy. Do not take a perverse pride in your being reconciled enough with all to partake. We believe it is right to partake weekly of the Supper. Receive that from the Lord, not condemning others or priding yourself in it. We believe it is right for our children to partake. That doesn’t make them better than other children for doing so. We believe we ought to take note of Christ’s body, the church, at the supper. But we partake not to be seen by men, but to receive grace from, and express faith in our heavenly father.Instead, we come with a submissive will to the Father, with trust in His Son to atone for our sins, with joy in the Spirit who assures us we are beloved of the Father.