Spiritual Thoughts

Charity

I hope that you all are having a marvelous Sunday!

For all of the 5 minutes (or less) that I spent in Sunday school (Gospel Principles) today, I really liked the topic. I even had the chance to ponder and participate before I had to take Sweet Pea back to the mouther’s lounge so she could fall back to sleep. So while we were snuggling in the dark, I read the lesson on my phone and thought that this would be a great topic to expound upon.

Q: What is charity?
A: When we have pure love and show genuine concern and compassion for all our brothers and sisters.

My favorite scripture on charity comes from Moroni 7: 44-45, 48

44 If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptablebefore God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Verse 45 is a little daunting. Charity is a lot of things and it’s not easy to be charitable at all times. Lets take a minute to break it down.

  1. Charity suffereth long. Now I’m not 100% sure what this means, but what I feel like it means is that it endures well. When we are going through something, we all grumble about it at one point or another. Charity doesn’t.
  2. Charity is kind. Kind to all!!! We can’t pick and choose who we want to be kind to. Christ didn’t pick and choose who He wanted to be kind to. He was even kind to those who hurt Him, physical and emotionally.
  3. Charity envieth not. I think envying is kind of like coveting, which is a commandment not to do. We should not look at what others have and envy them for it. We should look at what we have and be grateful. There are many around this world who have less then we do. Envying only brings about negative feelings and it kicks the spirit to the curb.
  4. Charity is not puffed up. It is one thing to be proud of something you have accomplish or that someone else has accomplished. But being prideful and thinking you are better than everyone around you is selfish and unkind. We are all sons and daughters of Heavenly Father. No matter if we are rich or poor, what race we are, or where we live, we should be humble.
  5. Charity seeketh not her own. I take this as being self-centered. When we are being charitable we are thinking of others and not ourselves. We are service-centered or selfless in all our doings. We want to help others reach their goals and accomplish their dreams and if something good happens to us along the way, great! But it is not about us, it is about everyone else around us.
  6. Charity is not easily provoked. It’s hard not to give in to anger, greed, jealousy, etc. There are people out there who will do anything and everything they can to get your goat. They want to see a rise out of you. It’s these instances where we should turn the other cheek and pray for control to not give in to prodding’s of those around us.
  7. Charity thinketh no evil. This includes the thoughts of “what an idiot” or “people are stupid” or “you moron” when you’re driving down the road and get cut off. As much as we want to think they aren’t evil thoughts they are. (I’m guilty too!) We need to push all evil and unkind thoughts out of our mind as soon as they arrive and strive to keep them out at all times.
  8. Charity rejoices not in inquiry but in truth. I take this one to mean but we don’t rejoice in others sorrows but we rejoice in the knowledge that things, no matter how bad, will turn out some how.
  9. Charity beareth, believeth, hopeth, and endureth all things. These last four things I’m combining because I believe they all go together and pretty much sum up the other eight things that charity is. Regardless of whatever situation we are in, to have charity means to bear your situation and others with kindness and love. To believe and hope all things is to have a positive outlook on life and know that the Lord only gives you what you can handle. To endureth all things is enjoy life no matter the circumstances because you only have one and this life is what brings you closer to your Father in Heaven.

Now, at the end of the lesson, there is a section about developing charity and it lists out four ways:

  1. We can study the life of Christ and keep His commandments.
  2. When we have uncharitable feelings we can pray to have greater charity.
  3. We can learn to love ourselves, which means that we understand our true worth as children of our Heavenly Father.
  4. We can avoid thinking we are better than other people.

#3 Is a big one. We think that we love ourselves, but do we really? The way Heavenly Father loves us? Think about that for just a moment… I know that I don’t love myself the way that Heavenly Father does. It’s a daily struggle because I’m imperfect and make mistakes. But I also love that it doesn’t stop at just learning to love yourself. It’s almost means to understand our true worth as a child of God. 

After going through and breaking down what charity is and ways that we can develop charity…. I just want to say that as long as we are striving to be more charitable in our daily lives that is all that matters. If we think that we have to be 100% charitable in all that we do it will never happen. It’s daunting. But as long as strive, that is good enough.

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{Gospel Principles Chapter 30: Charity —> where a lot of my thoughts come from}

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2 thoughts on “Charity

  1. Megan ~ thank you for your uplifting and wonderful thoughts. I especially liked this quote: “We think that we love ourselves, but do we really? The way Heavenly Father loves us? Think about that for just a moment… I know that I don’t love myself the way that Heavenly Father does. It’s a daily struggle because I’m imperfect and make mistakes. But I also love that it doesn’t stop at just learning to love yourself. It’s almost means to understand our true worth as a child of God.” Knowing our true worth is indeed a “daily struggle” but what a beautiful struggle as we realize that our Heavenly Father loves us and lifts us as we become more like Him each day! Make it a great week and thank you for taking the time to share your insightful thoughts with us.

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