n. pl. char·i·ties
1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. See Synonyms at mercy.
6. often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.
Although we all come here from different corners of the Earth, different cultural and religious backgrounds, different political views, I think we could all agree that we could use a little charity in our life?
Lately I am surrounded by many friends and family who have been the receivers of *unfair* treatment. I won't go into details regarding any single instance, but I would assume we have all seen friends or family or even ourselves be treated unfairly, unkindly. It is part of life.
I received this quote in Church a couple weeks ago:
“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended. … Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other” (“The Tongue Can Be a Sharp Sword,” Ensign, May 1992, 18–19).
If you read that quote very carefully, you will see it is full of perfect guidance. Just think, if we were to all live that way, how wonderful would this world be? It is easy to think that we are charitable people, but do we realize we are not being charitable when judge others or talk of their weaknesses or shortcomings? Do we realize we are not being charitable when we choose not to forgive (and PS, you can choose to forgive without choosing to forget)?
I have committed to reading and re-reading this quote so that I can become better at being a more charitable person. We have so many opportunities to extend love and compassion instead of judgement on others. The good that comes from just simply not judging is huge!! What better way to celebrate and prepare for the next holiday, Valentines Day then to be charitable!!
Just a thought...