“But to do good and to communicate forget not:
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Heb. 13:16).
We might also read this phrase as doing good by sharing. There are numerous ways of doing good (Matt. 25:35-40; Luke 6:35-36; 1 Thess. 5:15; Heb. 13:1-2; Gal. 6:6), but sharing what we have is one of the ways God specifically tells us to do good (Eph. 4:28). The phrase to communicate means to impart or give to others; that is, to share with them what we have (1 Tim. 6:18). The Greek word means having in common with others. In other words, they were to show liberality to those who were in need, and were to take special pains not to forget this duty. We are prone to think constantly of our own interests, and there is great danger of forgetting the duty which we owe to the poor and the needy. We might also consider the admonition in 2 Cor. 9:12-13 and in Gal. 6:10, which tells what our priorities are to be in giving.
Finally, we know that God is pleased with the sacrifices of prayer and of praise; with the offerings of a broken and a contrite heart: but he is especially pleased with the religion which leads us to do good to others (2 Thess. 3:13; Luke 18:22; Rom. 12:13). This was the work of Jesus (Acts 10:38); and to this work all true religion points (Acts 9:36). The word “sacrifices” here is not taken in a strict sense of what is offered as an expiation for sin, or in the sense that we are by doing good to attempt to make atonement for our transgressions, but in the general sense of an offering made to God. God is pleased with this: 1) because it shows in us a right state of heart (3 John 1:11); 2) because it accords with his own nature. He does good continually, and He is pleased with all who demonstrate the same spirit.
“Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:7-8).