Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's Not About Me

Charity . . . seeketh not her own. I Cor. 13:5

". . . a spirit of charity, or Christian love, as exercised toward our fellow-creatures, is opposite to a selfish spirit, as it is a sympathizing and merciful spirit. It disposes persons to consider not only their own difficulties, but also the burdens and afflictions of others, and the difficulties of their circumstances, and to esteem the case of those who are in straits and necessities as their own. . . a man of charitable spirit is apt to see the afflictions of others, and to take notice of their aggravation, and to be filled with concern for them, as he would be for himself if under difficulties. And he is ready, also, to help them, and take delight in supplying their necessities, and relieving their difficulties. He rejoices to obey that injunction of the apostle (Col. 3:12), "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness;" and to cherish the spirit of "wisdom (James 3:17) that is from above," which is "full of mercy;" and, like the good man spoken of by the Psalmist (Ps. 37:26) to be "merciful," that is, full of mercy." ~ Jonathan Edwards (From Charity and Its Fruits)

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