Do you practice virtue signaling? If you say the right things you can give the impression of righteousness. This was a common practice in my time and I spoke out against it. I said that you should give your alms in secret and pray in secret rather than publicly to be seen by others and that your Father in heaven would reward you openly. Note that the emphasis here is on externals. Do you think this practice is less prevalent now than it was in my time? This is an enduring principle, to avoid the conflict between seeking the approval of men and doing things for my sake alone.
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