Thursday, April 14, 2011

Developing Christlike Attributes: Charity and Love

In the book of Matthew in the New Testament, a man asks Jesus, "Which is the great commandment in the law?" Christ answered him saying, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul., and with all they mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:36-39)

Charity is "the pure love of Christ" (Moroni 7:47). Charity includes Gods' everlasting love for all His children. We need to seek and strive to develop that kind of love. When Charity fills your life, you obey God's commandments along with helping and serving others.

Charity is a gift from God.  The scriptures tell us the we should "pray to the father with all energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love" (Moroni 7:48). As you strive to do this and strive to do good works, your love for all people will increase. You will come to feel sincere concern for the happiness and welfare of other people. You will see others as children of God, and you will avoid negative feelings such as anger, envy, lust, or jealousy. You will avoid judging others, criticizing them, or saying negative things about them. You will try to understand them and their points of view. You will be patient with them and try to hep them when they are struggling or discouraged. Charity, like faith, leads to action. You will develop Charity as you look for opportunities to serve others and give of yourself.

Let us all have greater Charity and Love for one another. Finding Charity within ourselves and striving to serve and help others leads us to forget feelings of depression, doubt, fear, sadness, etc. Spencer W. Kimball, a prophet of God said, "The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals as we serve others. We become more substantive as we serve others--indeed, it is easier to "find" ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!"

Additional Scriptures
1 Corinthians 13    Bible Dictionary, "Charity"
1 Nephi 19:9           Alma 7:11-13
Ether 12:33-34        Luke 7:12-15

Taken from Preach My Gospel

1 comment:

  1. Charity is one of the hardest yet most fulfilling attributes we can develop. I'm still working on it, but I know that the more I serve and try to love others, the more charitable I will become.