It’s the first Friday in February, and we’re back to our regularly scheduled Good Words. This month’s theme is charity.
What is charity?
Scripture tells us that the definition of charity is the pure love of Christ (Moroni 7:47). So, acts of love are acts of charity. Whether we’re giving money to someone in need or fasting and praying on another’s behalf, charity encompasses the broad, sweeping act of extending the love of God to one another.
We can show the love of God anytime, not just when someone is in need. Charity can color everything we do and beautify even the most basic of everyday interactions.
The verse instructs us to have “fervent” charity. This isn’t a fair-weather kind of love. It means loving when we don’t feel like it or when we have none left to give. It means loving people who get under our skin — even people who mock and persecute us. It means that when we look at people we don’t merely see humans; we see children of God — souls formed by God Himself, deeply loved by Him.
It’s not in our human nature to love one another fervently; it is the gift of God. If you feel like this verse is asking too much, you’d be correct. We can only do it by drawing strength from the source of love, our God of love.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves.” (1 Peter 4:8)
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