Charity and True Love
During the period of time preceding the final struggle between the Nephites and Lamanites, Mormon gave an inspiring sermon to the member’s of the Church that is now found in Moroni 7. He defined charity as the “pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”
In a world where modern culture has redefined the meaning of love, we as members of Christ’s church have been given instruction regarding the true meaning and definition of love. Charity is “The highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; the pure love of Christ.” (Bible Dictionary)
Brigham Young said,
“Only a few men on the earth understand the charity that fills the bosom of our Savior. We should have charity; we should do all we can to reclaim the lost sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, and bring them back to be saved in the presence of our Father and God. If we do this, our charity will extend to the utmost extent that it is designed for the charity of God to extend in the midst of this people. . . .
Let us learn to be compassionate one with another; let mercy and kindness soften every angry and fretful temper, that we may become long-suffering and beneficial in all our communications one with another. . . .
Respect one another; do not speak lightly of each other.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, pg. 274)
Christ can teach us what true charity is and pour it out upon us.
- And now I know that this love which thou [Christ] hast had for the children of menis charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father. (Ether 12:34)
- Charity edifieth. (1 Corinthians 8:1)
- Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (1 Timothy 1:5)
- And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation. (Moroni 8:17)
- charity qualifies men for the Lord’s work, (D&C 4:5)
This month, let us remember the true meaning of love and friendship and strive to serve those around us by being an example of the believers ” in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.”
Challenge: Spend some time studying out what charity is and how you can acquire it. During each of your morning and evening prayers, make a specific and fervent petition to the Father to give you charity for those around you. The Lord does answer all sincere prayers and can open your heart. Tell a friend or family member about your experience and pass the challenge on!
Want to watch a movie?
We can learn from those who gave their lives in service and sacrificed their life for the Lord. Two excellent films show the life of Mother Teresa. These movies are a powerful way to understand the situation of others around the world and our obligation to help them. We can do this by giving our lives to Christ and fulfilling our mission. Our life is not ours. You can watch both of these online movies for free!