“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing...”
When I first came across this verse, it left me a little confused. I mean, were we supposed to be able to physically and mentally separate one side of our body from the other like that? But Jesus was actually teaching a broader principle about giving, namely that we are not to show off our good deeds. I heard a Pastor put it this way recently: if we let any generous conduct be visible to others, it should be for God to get the glory. Otherwise, we should be quiet givers.