Thursday, June 13, 2013

True charity is much, much more

"Charity is, perhaps, in many ways a misunderstood word. We often equate charity with 
visiting the sick, taking in casseroles to those in need, or sharing our excess with 
those who are less fortunate. But really, true charity is much, much more...

Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you 
acquire and make a part of yourself.... 

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 when someone doesn't handle something the way we might 
have hoped...

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....

Be one who nurtures and who builds. 

Be one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, who looks for the best in people. 

Leave people better than you found them. 

Don’t get drawn into some of the parlance of our day and try to “win” by intimidation or by undermining someone’s character. 

Lend a hand to those who are frightened, lonely, or burdened. 

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges
each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.

~ Marvin J. Ashton, "The Tongue Can Be A Sharp Sword" (Ensign, May 1992, 18).

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