Monday, December 30, 2013
Family Home Evening - Charity, the Pure love of Christ
We gave each family member the assignment to study about charity. We actually gave the assignment about 30 minutes before our lesson because if we had given it any sooner (a week, a day, an hour before, for example), it would have been forgotten.
Here's what we did.
1. Everyone took a moment to share ONE principle they discovered about Charity.
2. We read aloud the following about Charity. We read each paragraph one at a time, but we read it twice. We were to write down anything we learned or felt from that paragraph. Then, we briefly discussed what we learned before moving on to the next one.
3. We worked in pairs for the next activity. We took a piece of paper and divided it in half. One one side we examined the definition of Charity in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and on the other side Moroni 7:45-46. We shared in partners the things that were the same and different and why.
4. Finally, we discussed together why having Charity is so important and how we receive it.
Each of us discovered something important about Charity.
One of my sons made a very insightful observation, "One cannot have charity towards the things of the world."
Another son remarked that Charity is not service. Rather, service is a vehicle by which charity can be felt.
For me, I am in the process of learning why Charity is a bestowed gift. Perhaps the Savior's charge to "watch and pray" can pertain to Charity. For if I do not watch and pray, as another of my sons taught me, I could mistakenly begin to love and embrace the sin or hate and despise the sinner. Both of which are contrary to the pure love God has for all His children.