Some people simply call it love.Â Charity is love.Â It is the love that Christ both gives to us, and offers as an example for us to strive for.Â Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians about charity is often quoted.Â I thought it was very appropriate.Â Here is that quote directly from the source:
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Paul extols the high status of charityâ€”Charity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else.
Â 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Â 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Â 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Â 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Â 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Â 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Â 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Â 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Â 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
Â 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Â 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Â 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Â 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Good advice for all.
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Correct me if I am mistaken.Â This week’s Bible study continued the previous outline.Â They discussed the question, “Why did Christ die for us?”
The 4 reasons were 1) to rescue us from evil; 2) it was the Fathers will; 3) to bring us to his Father; 4) because he loves us……
I am not sure why the transcript isn’t showing up after Tomi has attempted to post it.Â I will place it in the comments for this entry.Â We will attempt from here on to post an outline in advance of each chat, and the transcript in the comments for that entry for each chat.Â Please read the comments for the full discussion, or to add your own comments or ask questions.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
Paul describes apostasy and perilous times of the last daysâ€”The scriptures guide man to salvation.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Is anyone else seeing this happening?Â
This one concerns me too:
Isaiah 5: 20
Â Â 20 Â¶ Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
I could not be a part of that.Â I know that we are in the last days, and that these things are happening.Â But I can still speak up for what is good and right, and for what I know to be true.Â I know which side is ultimately going to win.Â I want to be on that side.Â How about you?Â Where do you stand?
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