We have been looking at scriptures that tell us to pursue charity above other virtues.
We will look at other scriptures on charity in this module.
We are told to do all things with charity.
1 Cor 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
All things means all things without any exclusion.
We are to pray, give, serve, treat our subordinates, pursue our businesses or careers, relate with others, etc. with charity.
Recall our definition of charity as an active demonstration of love towards meeting the needs (spiritual, physical and emotional) of others.
If we are to do all things with charity, it means in all we do, we are to put in our focus an active pursuit to meet people’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs as our capacity allows.
For example, everyone who is not yet saved has a spiritual need for salvation.
It’s true some of them are extremely wicked and looking at things from human perspective we will want them dead.
But scripture tells us that if we have to pray for them and those they oppress, it has to be done with charity.
A prayer enshrined in charity in this case will desire the oppressed to be released and the oppressors judged so they can find salvation.
This way charity is being expressed both to the oppressors and the oppressed.
One of the best things an unsaved man can receive is a judgment that leads him to find Christ.
Apostle Paul’s encounter on the road to Damascus is a vivid example of this truth.
His conversion was a great blessing to the church.
We must stop the attitude of seeking the death of our oppressors rather we should ask God for His judgment on the issue.
God is the judge of all the earth we are not.
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH DO RIGHT?
The New testament way of enforcing God’s judgment is very different from the old testament times.
He said we should not avenge ourselves because vengeance is his and he will repay.
12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Judgment is not always about the capital punishment of death but for correction and restoration.
If the capital punishment of death has to be decided, it is at the desecration of God the Sovereign Judge not us.
God doesn’t want our hearts locked in hatred against our oppressors hence he requires us to leave vengeance to Him.
Vengeance is different from judgment.
Vengeance has no place for the wicked person to find repentance.
It seeks the capital punishment.
However judgment on the other hand always focuses on rebuke, correction and restoration.
Only in certain cases it metes out the capital punishment of death.
Even we believers need to learn to ask God for His judgment on our lives now so we don’t continue on a wrong path to be judged at the judgment seat of Christ.
11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
God’s judgment on us is enshrined in His love.
It brings His chastening which leads us to repentance thereby avoiding the consequences of continuing in sin.
12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
If our prayers or any other thing we do are not enshrined in charity, we are not obeying God’s word that tells us to do all things with charity.
For many of us who have suffered terribly due to wrong done to us or our loved ones, we have an assurance of a sure reward for choosing to abide in charity and suffer now.
God will certainly judge all wickedness at the end of this age and reward us for all the pains we had to bear.
1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
This is our consolation.
We are to do all things with charity.
This is our call!