We looked at the scriptural definition of charity in the previous module.
From today, we shall begin to look at the numerous places charity was used in scripture and draw important lessons from them.
CHARITY IS PRESENTED AS SOMETHING WE MUST GIVE ATTENTION TO ABOVE OTHER THINGS.
We have lots of admonition in scriptures of different virtues we should consciously developed.
Charity is one of such virtues.
It is not surprising that charity is presented as a virtue we should have above other virtues.
Being admonished to develop this virtue of charity and give it a place above other virtues tells us it doesn’t happen naturally.
It is a virtue to be consciously developed and pursued.
Of course, we could never be charitable (as we have already defined it in its true meaning) if God’s love was not shed or planted in our hearts at salvation (Romans 5:5).
God’s love already shed or mingled in our hearts powers our charity to be fruitful.
However we are still to let it out as God works it in us (Philippians 2:13). Its not God’s responsibility, but ours.
So let’s begin to take a look at some scriptures that put charity in a class of distinction above other virtues.
1Cor 13:13, 14:1
13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
Charity is presented here as being greater than faith and hope hence we are admonished to follow after it.
Having faith and hope without charity is unprofitable (1Cor 13:1-3)
Let’s look at two other scriptures.
Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
1Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Here we are admonished to wear charity as cloth we put on.
This means the first thing people should see when they meet us is an outflow of charity.
As we wear charity as our clothing our perfection or maturity is seen by all.
We must never judge spiritual maturity by the operation of the gifts of the Spirit.
We must judge spiritual maturity by the fruit of the Spirit which is love or charity expressed in all its divers forms.
The goal or end or what the commandment of God seeks to achieve in and through us is to get us to a daily walk in charity flowing out of a pure heart, a good conscience and faith that is unfeigned.
In walking in love expressed by our charity, we are fulfilling the goal of the commandment.
No wonder scripture says love is the fulfilling of the law Romans 13:10.
If there is a virtue we should never be deficient in, it certainly is charity.
To be continued…..