Charity, Pt. 5

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

I Corinthians 13:1-3

As we look at his passage concerning charity, we have come to “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”  Even if we give all of our goods to feed the poor, we profit nothing.

We are supposed to be generous.  We are supposed to give to the poor.  There are many promises in the Bible (especially in the book of Proverbs) about being blessed if we take care of the poor.  But even if we sell everything we have and give it all to the poor, it still profits us nothing if we lack charity.

We can do the right things with the wrong spirit and the wrong heart.  That is our warning here.  We sometimes get so wrapped up in doing the right things that we forget to “keep our hearts with all diligence.”  Without a Christ-like love in our hearts, all of our good deeds profit us nothing.  It would be sad to give everything we have to feed the poor and not receive and eternal benefit for it.  But that is the risk we take when we do good things outwardly without charity in our hearts.

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