Charity, Pt. 19

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 this list of the characteristics of charity, we have come to the fact that charity “believeth all things…”  Charity has faith.  Charity is not a doubter or a skeptic.  Charity believes what the Bible says.  Charity is characterized by faith.

The Bible tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”  Charity always pleases God.  Charity is a true, Christ-like love that does right and pleases God.  Charity has faith.

There are some things that are hard to believe.  There are some things that are not “convenient” to believe.  But charity believes them anyway.  The true love of charity starts in the Bible and is rooted in the Bible.  Without faith, charity and love cannot exist.  Faith in the Lord and in the Word of God shows us how to love and have charity toward anyone.

I once heard a preacher say that true love is doing right by a person.  We are commanded to love everyone, but obviously we do not love everyone in the same way.  We do not love our spouse in the same way we love our neighbor.  We do not love our children in the same way that we love our coworkers.  But we should love and have true charity toward all of them.  We are going to need to have faith for that.  We are going to need to know what the Bible says and we are going to need to believe it.

Do we have faith today?  Do we believe?  Sometimes Christians are called “believers.”  We are called that for a reason. Are we believers?

 

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