Charity or Unconditional Love

The greatest of all character traits is to acquire pure unconditional love. This trait encompasses feeling empathy, showing compassion, and being nonjudgmental. As we learn to see others and ourselves for our true potential, we become empowered and we empower those around us to not only DO better, but to BE better.

The Greatest Charity
Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped.

Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.

Marvin J. Ashton

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It’s so easy especially in times of trial to only look at things from our own perspective. We focus on our own pain, justify our irritability and impatience, and overlook our own shortcomings. When we turn inward like this, we often inadvertently hurt others… And that hurt always comes back to us. Turning outward in times of trial allows God to fill us with added strength and hope. The light we share with others inevitably comes back and it can heal even the deepest of wounds.

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Suffering, grief and challenges can help us be more understanding.

Experience has tempered the absolutes of my youth. I spend more time pondering other’s circumstances and what would lead them to the decisions they make and the opinions that they have. I often think the lessons we are to learn are more about compassion and love and less about judgement and condemnation.


Question & Answer

How do we define charity?

More Videos

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See how one New York homeless man’s advice will change your view on humanity.  “Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers on this journey through life.”