Charity – the Pure Love of Christ

At the end of the Book of Mormon, Moroni teaches us an important lesson about becoming like our Savior Jesus Christ, emphasizing the need for charity, the pure love of Christ:

“And if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.

“And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked. …

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

“But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him …

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God” (Moroni 7:44–48).

Having within us the pure love of Christ is the ultimate commandment and helps to hold up faith and hope. Do you have true faith in Christ if you are not trying to act as He would and love His people?

Charity is something I often contemplate as I look at what I am to do with my life. As I look at the people around me, I have often felt that pure love that comes from seeing an individual as Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would. It usually takes work to love people unconditionally, especially those who do things we do not agree with or find annoying, but it is possible to be filled with love for those who it would be difficult for us to naturally get along with. I have a strong testimony that charity really does endure forever, and that we are nowhere close to becoming like Christ if we are not trying to love and serve those around us.

One of the greatest parts of this passage is the last verse, that says we can pray to be filled with love. Charity is a gift from God, as He gives us glimpses of what the individuals we meet are to Him, and helps us feel a sliver of the love He has for them. There is nothing more beautiful in this world than one of us in the Lord’s eyes. As He knows us perfectly, He is able to love us perfectly and unconditionally. He knows our true potential, and how much more we are than what meets the eye. As we pray for this revelation of love, as we seek to see people as the sons and daughters of God, we can be given that gift of charity and spread the love of God with all around us. Nothing has greater power to lift and guide than feeling the love of our Heavenly Father, and as I have felt His love for others, I have come to recognize His love for me even stronger.

Charity is the greatest of all gifts, and it comes to us as we actively seek to love and serve those around us. I know Heavenly Father will bless those who are looking to feel and have greater charity for their brothers and sisters, and can help us find ways to better show the people we come across how very loved they are.

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