Thursday Thoughts: Charity, Lesson 4/10/11

President Thomas S. Monson said, “Let us ask ourselves the questions: ‘Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?’ What a formula for happiness! What a prescription for contentment, for inner peace–to have inspired gratitude in another human being.

“Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There are souls to be saved.” (Conference report, Oct. 2001, 72)

This quote is the epitome of the application of charity. We can use it as a mantra, and it will help us develop charity.

Christ taught, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you , and persecute you…for if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” (Matt 5:44, 46)

If we do these things, our attitudes will change toward those with whom we might not see eye to eye, and will help us cultivate compassion. Compassion will drive our desire to help, but real charity takes revelation to know what is needed. Otherwise, what we are giving might not be helpful, and therefore, our efforts at charity, though well-intentioned, could be misguided.

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