nondeductible donations

When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. [Matthew 6:3 CEV]

This verse reminds me of what Jesus says just a few sentences later in verse 21:
Your heart will always be where your treasure is.
Where and how we give is always an indication of where our heart is.

This year the tax law in America has changed giving a higher standard deduction.
Charities are wondering how it will affect them and donors' desire to give to them.
Will people donate money to them if it they cannot deduct it from their taxes?

In a sense, real charity is all about the things that you cannot deduct on your taxes.
One should not need the enticement of a tax break to support those who need our help.
As Jesus indicates, the issue is not with our heads but with our hearts.

Help us Lord to have hearts filled with compassion for those who need our love and our money.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.

1 comment:

  1. I have always wondered how often people would be willing to give if there was no deduction for it. I agree with this post. It is about our hearts. I've never heard of the Red Letters series. Will check it out.


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