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Let Your Light Shine Before Men

Is there a difference between Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father ..." and Matthew 6:1, "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father ..."?

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Matthew 5:16-...Glorify your Father!
---Christine on 9/17/08

We are to serve God because we love Him. And for absolutely no other reason. For a true Christian we are to keep sin out of our lives in a world filled with yuck. So God's light can shine. The light cannot shine if you are in disobedience.
---catherine on 2/28/08

If our motivation is to show off or to make others feel bad, then we should keep quiet. If our motive is to answer a direct question, encourage one another to do good works, or give an account of what motivates us in life, then surely, to be a good Christian is to honour God by doing good works for others, and not be ashamed of doing so.
---frances on 2/27/08

In Matthew 5:16 He is telling us to let the light of the gospel shine. When we do that we can't be glorified through it. Alms is the same as giving. He is saying don't do it for publicity.
---Rickey on 2/27/08

God doesn't choose whom we would choose.
God doesn't look upon a person's qualifications.
God doesn't look upon education.
God doesn't look upon their standing in the community.
Your abilities in the world have nothing to do with God giving you favor.

..the insignificant, lowly things of the world and things which are despised, God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

that no flesh should glory in His presence.

1 Cor 1: 26-29
---Rachel on 1/12/07

Matt 5:16: Here the emphasis is on how we live. To glorify God. It is unavoidable that if we live to glorify God, people will see our good works.

Matt 6:1 Here the empahsis is on doing good works to be seen of men for my glory.
---Bruce5656 on 1/12/07

Perhaps this is referring to some religious denominations who wear uniforms so everyone will know who they are.
---Susie on 1/12/07

There is a national poll, it claims that selfish, self-centered, vain people make it all the way to the top.

That's the world's idea of success. We know our Heavenly Father has another idea about success. What's done in secret to the Glory of God, God will reveal as He chooses, and when He chooses.
---Charlie on 1/12/07

If there's a driving force inside of you to tell the world about all how good you are; the good things you do, you better lay yourself down at the Cross. Get self out of the way. God's reward system is fair and just. He knows the real motivation in our hearts.
---Charlie on 1/12/07

Simply be yourself--and don't draw attention to yourself.
---Jack on 1/12/07

I take Matthew 5:16 to mean acknowledging the will of Christ that you do well, and giving the glory to God rather than taking credit yourself. Matthew 6:1 is basically saying the same thing, do not try to bring attention to yourself, or be boastful concerning deeds, and accomplishments. But to use those occassions to share the goodness, and power of the Lord sharing how He gave you the will, and knowledge to get the job done.
---lynet on 1/12/07

We need to take matt:16 in context of Mt 5:14
Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
Mt 5:15 Neither do [men] light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house.
It is not us that they see but Christ in us
His light shines and what we do is for HIs glory.
---Edmond on 1/11/07

Hi; I think the difference is, when we're "showing our alms", if our motivation is to impress people with how holy we are, it's not good. But to let the Lord shine through in us--now THAT'S the way to go! :)
---Mary on 1/11/07

In Matthew 5:16 He is telling us to let the light of the gospel shine. (in our passion for his glory) When we do that we can't be glorified through it. Alms is the same as giving. He is saying don't do it for publicity.
---Rickey on 1/11/07

Bout the only thing I'd add to a perfect answer given to a GOOD question. Thanks Guys
---Pharisee on 1/11/07

I believe that Matthew 5:16 says a lot more than "show people your good works (and deeds, ect)." To me this is being sort of haughty about it and THAT we should not be. I believe that Matthew is speaking more about our Love for God, and let this love light shine through us. When we love God we will do good works, but the love comes first, and that is the light. God bless!
---Pat on 1/11/07

Two things in the verse in Matthew. 1) "Light," spiritually speaking, is associated with Jesus (Reference first chapter of John). 2) In the natural we are incapable of "good works" (Reference third chapter of Romans). Further, the purpose of the works are to glorify God. It is to let the Gospel "shine forth." Alms giving is to prepare our own hearts for this. To build up ones self, even in charity, is to tear down Christ in the eyes of men.
---Ed on 1/11/07

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Absolutely no conflict here. These Scriptures compliment each other.

Last night after a car crash, men held up a car, tipped on its' side to prevent a woman's body from being crushed. They held that car up until authorities came. Awesome. When they arrived, the men drove off. They are real men, media found them.

They didn't want the attention, but it came anyway. They did not do the good deed to be seen and then get on a blog and report all the good things they're doing for the Lord.
---Charlie on 1/11/07

Their light is shining, but not out of selfish pride or vanity. When you do an act of charity or alms, we're not to stand on the rooftop, brag, and take God's glory.
There is no reward for that behavior.
---Charlie on 1/11/07

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