Updated: Sep 18, 2021
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INTRODUCTION. In his sermon on the mountainside, Jesus discusses hypocrisy and self-righteousness in the religious acts of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting (Matt. 6:1-18). These deeds of righteousness are not to be done with false devotion in order to be seen of men. Rather, the citizens of the kingdom are to perform these acts sincerely from the heart in order to serve God.