Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Choosing Charity

This post is based on October General Conference 2003 talk called "Choosing Charity: That Good Part by Bonnie D. Parkin."

I loved how she mentions at the beginning "Each of you; no matter your age, stage of life, or circumstance is needed, valued, and loved in Relief Society. Thank you for who you are; thank you for all that you do."
I will share with you some highlights that I loved during reading this talk.

"We all are trying to choose the good part which cannot be taken from us, to balance the spiritual and the temporal in our lives. The one thing that is needful is to choose eternal life. We choose daily. As we seek, listen, and follow the Lord, we are encircled in the arms of His love a love that is pure.

Mormon teaches us that “charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever.” The pure love of Christ. Let’s look at that. What does this phrase mean? We find part of the answer in Joshua: “Take diligent heed to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Charity is our love for the Lord, shown through our acts of service, patience, compassion, and understanding for one another.

Do we judge one another? Do we criticize each other for individual choices, thinking we know better, when in fact we rarely understand another’s unique circumstance or individual inspiration? Have we ever said, “She works outside the home.” Or, “Her son didn’t serve a mission.” Or, “She’s too old for a calling.” Or, “She can’t she’s single.” Such judgments, and so many others like them, rob us of the good part, that pure love of Christ.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton beautifully observed: “Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorise 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."

In your own time, you can read the whole talk, Here's the link below,

Stay Tuned until next time.

No comments:

Post a Comment