Sunday, February 27, 2011

Charity Never Faileth

The article this week is a talk from the most recent General Relief Society meeting by President Thomas S. Monson, entitled, "Charity Never Faileth," (Ensign, Nov 2010, 122).

In his talk, President Monson spoke a great deal on the Savior's commandment to "Judge not, that ye be not judged" as recorded in the seventh chapter of Matthew. The Savior continues, "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

President Monson expounded on this commandment, "None of us is perfect. I know of no one who would profess to be so. And yet for some reason, despite our own imperfections, we have a tendency to point out those of others. We make judgments concerning their actions or inactions. . . .

"I consider charity—or “the pure love of Christ”—to be the opposite of criticism and judging. In speaking of charity, I do not at this moment have in mind the relief of the suffering through the giving of our substance. That, of course, is necessary and proper. Tonight, however, I have in mind the charity that manifests itself when we are tolerant of others and lenient toward their actions, the kind of charity that forgives, the kind of charity that is patient."

Charity truly is the pure love of Christ and if we are found possessed with charity at the last day, it shall be well with us. The prophet Mormon taught of this most desirable of Christlike attributes, "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" (see Moroni 7:47-48).

Let us oft speak kind words to each other, of each other, treat each other with kindness and respect, give each other the benefit of the doubt, and reach out to those who stand in need. We tend to imagine things ten times worse than they really are. We want to be understood, let us strive to understand and love others as the Savior did.