Charity, Pt. 13

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.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

In our discussion of this list of things that characterize charity, we have come to the fact that charity “seeketh not her own.”  Charity forces us and enables us to put the needs and wants of others above our own needs and wants.  Charity is not selfish.  Charity is selfless.

Philippians 2 gives us a glimpse into the character of Jesus Himself.  Of course, He is our perfect example in all things.  “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”  (Philippians 2:3-4)

We are to look at others before we look at ourselves.  We are supposed to consider others before we consider ourselves.  We are even supposed to think about the things of others before we think about our own things.  That is, according to Philippians 2:5, the mind which is in Christ Jesus.

Charity truly cares about others.  Charity truly puts others before itself.  That is a rare quality in this world.  This world is full of selfishness and full of pride.  It is short on compassion and love for its fellow man.  Charity is a sacrificial love.  That sacrificial love sacrifices it’s own desires for the desires of others.

How are we doing today?  Do we have that kind of sacrificial love?  Do we have that kind of selflessness in our lives?  Or do we “seek our own?”

 

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