quotes tagged with 'charity'

Charity means pardoning what is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all.

Author: G. K. Chesterton, Source: unknownSaved by jr00ck in virtue christianity charity 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The Savior revealed the perfect priorities for our lives, our homes, our wards, our communities, and our nations when He spoke of love as the great commandment upon which “hang all the law and the prophets.” We can spend our days obsessing about the finest details of life, the law, and long lists of things to do; but should we neglect the great commandments, we are missing the point and we are clouds without water, drifting in the winds, and trees without fruit.


Without this love for God the Father and our fellowmen we are only the form of His Church—without the substance. What good is our teaching without love? What good is missionary, temple, or welfare work without love?


Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope.


As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.

Author: Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-1207-23,00....Saved by mlsscaress in priorities happiness inspiration strength peace love understanding charity refine receptive heal his 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

For my own part, I am not so well satisfied of the goodness of this thing. I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. -- I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen? -- On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependance on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday, and St. Tuesday, will cease to be holidays. SIX days shalt thou labour, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.

Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: The Works of Benjamin Franklin Volume II, Political Economy, "Essay On the Price of Corn, and Management of the Poor", p. 356Saved by dtbrewer in welfare prosperity selfreliance charity poverty 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

 


It is a time-honored adage that love begets love. Let us pour forth love—show forth our kindness unto all mankind, and the Lord will reward us with everlasting increase; cast our bread upon the waters and we shall receive it after many days, increased to a hundredfold.


 

Author: Joseph Smith, Source: History of the Church, 5:517Saved by ragogoni in josephsmith love patience kindness charity 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If one gives in charity what equals one date-fruit from the honestly earned money and Allah accepts only the honestly earned money Allah takes it in His Right (hand). And then, enlarges its reward for that person (who has given it), as anyone of you brings up his baby horse, so much so that it becomes as big as a mountain.

Author: Prophet Muhammad, Source: Sahih BukhariSaved by skkanani in charity hadith 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]


Save yourself from hellfire by giving even half a date in charity.


Author: Prophet Muhammad, Source: Sahih BukhariSaved by skkanani in charity hadith hellfire 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Being consistent in our homes is important for another reason. Many of the Savior’s harshest rebukes were directed to hypocrites. Jesus warned His disciples concerning the scribes and Pharisees: “Do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not” (Matthew 23:3). This strong admonition is sobering given the counsel to “express love—and show it,” to “bear testimony—and live it,” and to “be consistent.”


The hypocrisy in our lives is most readily discerned and causes the greatest destruction within our own homes. And children often are the most alert and sensitive when it comes to recognizing hypocrisy.


A public statement of love when the private actions of love are absent at home is hypocrisy—and weakens the foundation of a great work. Publicly declaring testimony when faithfulness and obedience are missing within our own homes is hypocrisy—and undermines the foundation of a great work. The commandment “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16) applies most pointedly to the hypocrite in each of us. We need to be and become more consistent. “But be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).


As we seek the Lord’s help and in His strength, we can gradually reduce the disparity between what we say and what we do, between expressing love and consistently showing it, and between bearing testimony and steadfastly living it. We can become more diligent and concerned at home as we are more faithful in learning, living, and loving the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Author: Elder David A. Bednar , Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-1117-6,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in spirit faith strength destruction children love parenting home foundation charity purity word disparity alert consistent sensitive hyprocrisy conversatio 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Charity is the ability to make life more meaningful for others.

Author: Robert D. Hales, Source: “Gifts of the Spirit,” Ensign, Feb 2002, 12Saved by davejames99 in charity 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
"If we daily exercise faith, meekness, charity, and lowliness in heart, confessing that Jesus is the Christ, and accepting His Atonement, we will be blessed with the strength and hope to face and overcome the trials and pains of this life."
Author: Adhemar Damiani, Source: "Be of Good Cheer and Faithful in Adversity", Ensign, May 2005, 94Saved by dyejo in faith strength hope charity trials overcome meekness 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Nonsense! Good marriages are created after you get up from your knees at the altar of the temple. Strong marriages emerge out of helping each other obtain your education, struggling financially, dealing with sickness, and coping with the shock produced by the birth of your first child. Life changes and moves ahead in many unanticipated ways. Changing jobs, moving to a different city, raising teenagers, caring for an aged parent, retirement, and similar activities and events are what produce eternal marriages. Overcoming these problems as a team--helping and supporting each other along the way--are what produce a happy marriage.

Author: BRUCE A. CHADWICK , Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=600&x=66&y=2Saved by mlsscaress in support love produce marriage charity overcome team create emerge deal cope shock solvingproblems 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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