Have you ever heard the maxim, “Charity begins at home”?
The general meaning of “charity” is benevolence or voluntary giving to the poor. In regards to the family, this means that our first responsibility is to care for the needs beneath our own roof. Then, according to our means, to reach out to the poor and needy in the community around us.
In the Christian context, however, charity refers to the highest form of love: self-giving and self-sacrificing devotion. The application, however is the same. This form of “charity” should be practiced first at home, in the setting God has designed for the fullest expression of love. From that seedbed, it can then be extended to those around us who are lonely and in need of kindness.
How is this possible?
The truth is: Charity of any kind doesn’t really begin at home. It begins in the heart that has been touched and transformed by God’s love. Home is simply the venue where this love is displayed.
And so we invite you to let God plant His love in the depths of your being. As it works its way out, those in your family will be the first to know.
I will let God’s love flow through me to my family and to others around me.
Someone recently posted: “Even if you don’t have faith, good things will still happen for you.”
There is truth in that observation, but do you know why?
This is not a “hoorah” for atheists; it’s a commentary on the nature of God. The Scripture bears this out.
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
To put it in the words of a Geico commercial: “If you are God, you love everybody. It’s what you do.” Loving-kindness is the nature of God. And He has a purpose in demonstrating His love.
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” (Romans 2:4, NLT)
God draws us with His goodness, even when we are unfaithful to Him. He also seeks to draw us when disaster strikes. Bottom line: We don’t put our faith in the events of life, good or bad. We trust in the God who loves us. He remains faithful.
Whether good or bad comes my way, I will rest in the fact that nothing can separate me from God’s love.