Charity, the Pure Love of Christ

by: Jeff Spector

April 24, 2011

Alongside the Atonement, Charity may be one of the hardest concepts to grasp and put into practice. We are taught in the scriptures:

1 Corinthians 8:1

“…Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself 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. Charity never faileth…:”

1 Peter 4:8

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover (preventeth, JST) the multitude of sins.”

Moroni 7:47

“Charity is 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.”

Charity is defined as the pure love of Christ. But what exactly is the “pure love of Christ?” To love others as Jesus loved us? That is certainly a good response, but does it tell us exactly what it is?

Just what does true charity feel like?  Unconditional love, non-judgmental behavior, willing to do anything for anybody, anytime without regard to oneself?

I am thinking if one can fully understand the Atonement and fully grasp and put into practice the concept of Charity, you are about as close to Godliness as you can get in this life.

Happy Easter.

3 Responses to Charity, the Pure Love of Christ

  1. TH on April 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Jeff, Thanks for your post. I agree with what you’ve said. I have been interested lately in considering the historical Jesus to find out more about what Jesus was actually like. Sometimes, it is hard to figure that out in light of the rituals, beliefs, and traditions that are in every domain of Christianity.

    I’m reading it as part of my Easter meditation. I have been reading a book entitled “Jesus” by Michael Grant, which looks at the Gospels to try to better understand the historical Jesus. One of the points that the author makes is “The picture of Jesus which emerges is in some respects a new and unfamiliar one…Jesus, although readily moved to compassion and anger by the sufferings he witnessed, ruthlessly subordinated his every act and thought to the success of his mission…(to inaugurate the Kingdom of God)His admonishments to turn the other cheek, love they neighbor, welcome sinners and render unto Caesar did not so much indicate a love of peace, a sentimental affection for humanity, etc…but a desire to deal quickly with what he considered to be maters that were subordinate and secondary to the main issue, thus enabling his disciples to concentrate wholly on the dawning and imminent realization of the Kingdom of God.”

    That’s what I’m pondering this Easter morning…

    Happy Easter to you and all the WheatandTares crew.

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  2. Sinclair on April 24, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    We are all where we need to be for reasons we know not of. Charity, to me, is permission to myself for being who / where I am and extending that right to others. No value judgments and no setting myself up for constant hurt or disappointments. When I’ve got it, I feel big but not of myself…part of a whole though distinctly me…closer to God but more fully “here”…valuing others more…able to see divinity in the unlikeliest of places.

    It comes as the result of efforts to respect my own humanity, fully recognizing my complete dependence upon the Atonement, and not worrying so much about those details for someone else.

    It’s a slippery little boogar, this awareness, but worth it when it comes.

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  3. Pah on December 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Then the same would hold true for ALL flora and fauna, not just human beings, right?Will there be a srateape heaven for slugs and viruses or will they be there with the humans?THAT would be wierd angels with head colds. 0Was this answer helpful?

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