Charity is the scope of all God’s commands.
Charity sees the need, not the cause.
Charity is injurious and hurtful unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift.
As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons concerned, and the ultimate publicity of the philanthropist, are apt to be at complete war with one another. To give to someone without thoughts or expectations of receiving,is a noble thing to do.But to think you deserve to receive in return is less rewarding than what you give in the first place.
Teach us to give and not count the cost.
Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?
The real secret of happiness is not what you have or what you receive; it’s what you share….
Find a need somewhere today and meet it…..
Several years ago, a preacher from a distant town accepted a call from a church in Leeds. Some weeks after his arrival, he had an appointment that made him to board a bus to another part of the town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had mistakenly given him his balance in excess of 50 pence.
As he considered what to do, he thought within him, ‘You’d better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it’. Then another thought came, “Oh, forget it, it’s only 50; who would worry about this little amount, after all the bus company makes so much money on fares; they will never miss it.
Accept it as ‘a gift from God’ and keep quiet. “When he was getting down from the bus, he paused momentarily at the door, and then handed the 50 to the driver and said,
‘Take; the balance you gave me was over’. The driver, with a smile, replied,’Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes I am’ he replied.’Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about where to go to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I give you balance in excess. I’ll worship with you at the church this Sunday. When the preacher stepped off the bus, he grabbed a nearby electric pole, looked up and said,
‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for 50 pence. Our lifestyles are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is just a subtle example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your forehead and shoulders once you call yourself a Christian.
‘Watch your thoughts;they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character.Watch your character; it becomes your destiny’.