Charity: “The highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; the pure love of Christ.” (bible dictionary)
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Paul extols the high status of charity—Charity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else.
I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity
, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy
, and understand all mysteries
, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly
, seeketh not her own
, is not easily provoked
, thinketh no evil;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth
: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be
tongues, they shall cease; whether there be
knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass
; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith
, these three; but the greatest of these is
This is one of the most powerful scriptures I have ever read. Sometimes it is not easy to be charitable to those who hate, despise, and are cruel to us. But Heavenly Father knows us, He knows what is in our hearts. As difficult as it may be to love those that hate us, when we do as God commands, our hearts will be filled, our knowledge will increase, and we will be blessed with a glimpse of how much our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ love US.