Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's Love Got to Do With It?

    You may be wondering why the Cheezey reference to an early '90's Tina Turner love song... Well, it was honestly just kind of a fluke.. I wanted to talk about charity today; and charity is ALL about love, right? Charity is, in my opinion, probably one of the most important Christ-like qualities that we can attempt to develop in this life time. Moroni describes charity as the "pure love of Christ". (http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/7.47?lang=eng#46) This means that when we have charity, we see others the way that the Savior sees them. We love them the way that our Father in Heaven loves them and the way that Jesus Christ loves them. In the same chapter, Moroni tells us that we should "pray unto the father with all energy of heart" to obtain this Christ-like love for all men.

    The reason that I think that Charity is so important is because if we have real true charity and we really love others, we won't want to do anything to hurt them or harm them. Take for example, the 10 commandments given by Moses after returning from Mt. Sinai; most of these commandments pertain to how we interact with and treat our fellow men. If we have true charity, we won't want to kill each other, or steal from our neighbor, or lie to each other, etc. Charity, as the bible says, "covereth a  multitude of sin", but that scripture can more accurately interpreted as "Charity preventeth a multitude of sin." If we have this pure love for one another, we will want to show each other the evidence of this love.

    Jesus Christ is a PERFECT example of this charity... obviously. He spent his ENTIRE ministry in the service of His fellow mortal beings. He healed the sick, raised the dead, provided food for those who were hungered, cast out unclean spirits, and a plethora of other miracles. Our Savior did nothing for himself, but only did what he could for others. As we strive to follow this example and emulate the Savior's love for eachother, we will improve our own lives and, in turn, the lives of those around us. God Bless Y'all!!

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