Charity, Pt. 22

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

I was planning to finish this series yesterday, but a comment (thank you, Joseph Elon Lillie) on that post made me start to think.  And now we will have one more post.  This whole list of things relating to charity is a complete package.  Yes, all of us are better at some things than at others.  But charity is charity.  And charity is not something we can buy at the store.  It’s not something that we can “fix” in ourselves like we can fix a flat tire.  We can’t just work on having charity like we can work on being generous or being a better employee at work.  Charity is a heart matter.  All of these things in this list are things that we have inside.  They are not outward things.

They contain such ideas as “suffering, kindness, envy, pride, temper, thoughts, joy, faith, and strength.”  All of these things are part of the inner man.  And they can be helped and improved only through the Lord Jesus Christ.  We can’t improve these things on our own.  We need His help.

And He has promised to help us.  He has promised to give these things liberally to those that ask.  We need to have charity, which is a sacrificial, giving, Christ-like love.  But the way to get this charity is to become more like Christ Jesus Himself.  And that is done by drawing close to Him and loving Him and allowing Him to work freely in our lives.

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