Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
So when you give to the needy do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But 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. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
When we develop awareness of the spirit and begin the work of dispelling our impurities we develop a natural inclination to help others. It is not an inclination to help for the sake of making a name for ourselves or to attain a reward or an accolade for our good work. Helping and giving to others becomes something that you do selflessly and covertly and it is in this way that pure joy and satisfaction is brought to the giver and receiver.