Dear Friends: The following article is from the Ogdensburg Ministerial Association. We hope you find it uplifting and informative. Todays article is Charity.
By ELDER STEVEN AND SISTER BARBARA BENSON
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The life of the Savior reflects his pure love for all people. Charity is that pure love which our Savior Jesus Christ has. The Savior gave us the example of his life to follow. He was a perfect man. He had perfect love. By his example he proclaimed, This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13)
The Savior gave us many teachings in the form of stories or parables. The parable of the good Samaritan teaches us that we should give to those in need regardless of whether they are our friends.(Luke 10:30-37)In the parable, a man was traveling to another city when he was attacked by bandits. They stole his clothes and money and beat him, leaving him half dead. A priest came along, saw him, and passed him by. Then a temple attendant walked over, looked at him, and went on. However, a Samaritan, who was despised by the Jews, came along, and when he saw the man he felt compassion. Kneeling beside him, the good Samaritan bandaged his wounds and took him on a donkey to an inn. He paid the innkeeper to take care of the man until he recovered.
Jesus taught that we should give food to the hungry, shelter to those who have none, and clothes to the poor.
When we give to those in need, unless we feel compassion for them we do not have charity.(John 3:16-17)The Apostle Paul taught that when we have charity we are filled with good feelings for all people. We are patient and kind. We are not boastful or proud, selfish or rude. Neither do we do good things just because it is to our advantage. When we have charity we are loyal, we believe the best of others, and we defend them. When we really have charity these good feelings stay forever. (1Corinthians 13:4-8)
We must also remember besides giving food and shelter, we must be aware of those who have broken hearts and wounded souls among us that need the tender care of a brother or sister who has an understanding heart and is kind.
Let us all seek for charity in our hearts by following the example of our Savior and by keeping his commandments.