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The truth about Charity

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

As Christians we are called to love. The word love also means charity, commonly used in the Bible. This suggests that through doing charity, we can show love and fulfil what we are called to do on Earth.

Loving your neighbour is a key foundation of being a Christian, especially if we believe in Jesus (Matthew 22:37-39).

In several areas of the Bible, we are encouraged to be charitable. Matthew 10:8, states that as we receive freely from God, we should also give freely. This balance of giving is humbling as we are reminded of Christ’s ultimate gift given to us. In John 3:16, we are met with a definition/expression of love. We are reminded that we know love because Jesus Christ died for us. This form of charity is the ultimate form of giving and whilst we cannot emulate this, as Jesus has already done this, we can learn from this and put it into action. John 3:16 continues to emphasize this, saying, ‘let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’

The word ‘action’ is key. Being charitable requires action and this action can take on several forms. From giving money, time or resources, to sharing donation links with friends and family, everyone can get involved and display the form of charity we are called to.

Sometimes giving is hard or is hard to remember to do, but when we remember that ‘Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely’ (Psalm 112:5), we can start to view charity more positively.

However, giving just to receive becomes void as one’s heart may not always have the purest intention this way. The reward of receiving because you’ve given is an encouragement rather than a necessity. Matthew 6:1-4 reminds us of this truth.

The truth about charity.

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