Charity is known as the queen of all virtues. Therefore, it stands that the grace of Charity, bestowed upon us by God, is the fuel that propels us to do good, the glue that holds family and relationships together and the impetus for embracing all other virtue.
We can do nothing truly good, without charity in our heart as the basis for action. Take for example this passage from Luke 21:1-4.
When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.’
Where the wealthy give from their surplus, most likely to receive esteem from their peers, the poor widow gives everything she has, for the love of God. Her act was a true act of charity; whereas, the wealthy’s intentions make their act one that has only the appearance of charity.
Applying the Grace of Charity in Our Lives
The grace of Charity is the glue that holds our relationships with our family and friends intact. Without the grace of Charity, we would not have loving relationships. True Charity requires us to make sacrifices for the love of another. The ultimate sacrifice was paid by Jesus on the Cross. However, He asks us to make sacrifices for the love of others daily. For example:
- Take the spouse who is willing to pick up roots and move across country, because their better half got a new job in another state.
- Think of the parent who sacrifices his/her own needs for the sake of his/her children.
- Consider the sibling who sacrifices an organ to save the life of his/her brother or sister.
- Think about the friend who sacrifices his/her time to be there for you in time of stress.
Why do we make sacrifices? Because of love! Because of Charity in one’s heart. It’s that Charity in our hearts that compels us to move forward expressing care, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, mercy, patience. You get my point. Charity serves as the impetus for demonstrating other virtues – all because of love.
Find the grace of Charity in your heart today, and let it spread like wildfire amongst those in your life.
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