Lent Devotional • Day 35

Tuesday, The Fifth Week of Lent (Mar. 23)

Healing a Stingy Heart

Narrated by Jennifer Peterson

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. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4

We all know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” The cynic (often one with a stingy heart) says, “If I can’t give cheerfully, I won’t give.” Jesus suggests a sure cure for such a stingy heart.

For one, giving to help the needy (or for a worthy cause) is an act of love that honors your loving Savior. It also pleases the Father, who is delighted to see his children being motivated by his merciful love.

Here’s a thought: Do not give till it hurts. Instead, give till it feels good and brings you cheer. Your Savior is ready to heal you and to help you know the joy of giving love.

REFLECT: Think of new ways to give to the Lord.

PRAY: Lord Jesus, take away my false love of stuff and enable me to give with loving cheerfulness. Amen.

Devotional content provided by Creative Communications for the Parish.