I may have posted this in the past on my blog, but every time I come across this sentiment in my daily devotional book, it makes me stop and think. I think it fits the holiday season, but it would be something to think about all year. So here goes…
Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other,
when we don’t judge or categorize someone else,
when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet.
Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings;
having patience with someone who has let us down; or,
resisting the impulse to become offended
when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped.
Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness
and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us.
Charity is expecting the best of each other.
~ Elder Marvin J. Ashton