Paul taught that the greatest of all the spiritual gifts is charity. The attributes of charity are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."
After reading these scriptures I am going to seek to develop and pray for the gift of charity. Charity is the highest form of love. If I have charity then I will have the same love for others that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for all people. If I had the gift of charity I would show love for others the same way that Jesus Christ showed love to others and they would be able to feel my love for them. Having charity is a gift given by God who truly seek it and live a life that is worthy to be able to receive this gift. I will probably never receive this gift in this life but I might as well start striving for it now.
I have a friend that joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young adult. She was totally disowned by all her family, thrown out of her house and told never to contact them again. Having come from an abusive family she had a hard time knowing what it was like to be loved and especially what the perfect love of charity would feel like. One night while saying her prayers and pleading again to feel the love that her Heavenly Father had for her, the most wonderful feeling of love come over her. For a short time she knew what it felt like to have such a perfect love like her Heavenly Father possessed. Having never felt real love from her family and then being rejected by them, this experience helped her realize what charity really is and she felt that wonderful love our Heavenly Father had for her and has individually for each one of us. This made an incredible difference in how she related to her husband, family, friends and the children (18 months to 12 years old) that later became her stewardship to be responsible for at Church. I could feel that very special love she had for each child in the primary every Sunday and during the week when she would teach, interact and work with the children. What a wonderful inspiration she is to me and I am so thankful that she shared her experience with me to help me learn more about charity.
Charity is defined in the Bible dictionary as "the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; the pure love of Christ. It is never used to denote alms or deeds or benevolence, although it may be a prompting motive."
What impressed you in your reading this past week?
Our reading July 24 -30 is 2 Corinthians Chapters 9 through 13, the Book of Galatians which is 6 chapters and Ephesians chapters 1-3.