Charity, the Pure Love of Christ
Do we let our thoughts get caught up in judging others harshly which of course leads to negative feelings and an absence of love? Mother Teresa said “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” The Savior has admonished, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” So can we love one another, as the Savior has commanded, if we judge each other?
The answer is no the Savior said, “Judge not.” He continued, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Or, to paraphrase, why beholdest thou what you think is dirty laundry at your neighbor’s house but considerest not the soiled window in your own house?
So lets choose charity over judgment and criticism. On Sundays replace critical thoughts of others with a searching out of someone new you haven’t met and make a point to welcome them, or say a silent prayer to have the Lord guide you to someone who needs a kind word. Instead of finding yourself annoyed with the way your husband loaded the dishwasher choose to be thankful that he did the dishes.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the 12 Apostles said “When we are filled with kindness, we are not judgmental. The Savior taught, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” He also taught that “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” 3
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”Mother Teresa
1. And the greatest of these is love, Gordon B. Hinckley
2. Charity, Bible Dictionary
3. The Virtue of Kindness, Joseph B. Wirthlin
4. Charity Never Faileth, Thomas S. Monson
5. Effect of Negative Language on Children
6. First Observe, Then Serve, Linda K Burton
7. John 13:35
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