Giving to the basic needs of others so that their authorities
get the credit, God gets the glory, and I have the joy of
1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will;
that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably
of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological
sense, it includes supreme love to God and universal good
will to men. 1 Cor. xiii. Col. iii. 1 Tim. i.
2. In a more particular sense, love, kindness,
affection, tenderness, springing from natural relations; as the charities
of father, son and
brother. -- Milton
3. Liberality to the poor, consistent in almsgiving or
benefactions, or in gratuitous services to relieve them in
4. Alms; whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the poor for their
5. Liberality in gifts and services to promote public objects of
utility, as to found and support bible societies, missionary
societies, and others.
6. Candor; liberality in judging of men and their actions; a
disposition which inclines men to think and judge favorably, and
to put the best construction on words and actions which the case
The highest exercise of charity, is charity towards the
7. Any act of kindness, or benevolence; as the charities
8. A charitable
Charity-school is a school maintained by voluntary
contributions for educating poor children.
An American Dictionary of the English Language,
1st ed., 1828
I am concerned for the poor, the widow, the orphan. I devote my
resources (money and time) to the oppressed and needy. I share my
skills, my habits, and my optimism with them.
I understand the economic structures which cause poverty. I
vocally oppose them at the gates of the City. In my own life I
avoid all practices which contribute to a climate of inflation
(debasement) and oppression.
I do not consider His gifts to be "my property" to be
guarded and hid, but His property to be managed according to His
Law, even when others might consider such a distribution to be
Whenever an acquaintance suffers the trials of Job, I give him
Scriptural counsel and assist him economically.
At all times, toward all men, I am anxious to share the
bounteous blessing God gives me. I am compassionate.
I do not assume guilt, but rather innocence. I construe the
words and actions of my opponent in a way most favorable to his
interests. I assume a need for further understanding on my part.
My family sees me becoming more and more thoughtful.
My generous habits are an asset to my community.
Those I work with are delighted that I am becoming more and
I am not afraid to be pitying in a
My conscience knows the value of unselfish love.
My desire to be unselfish pleases God.
I am committed to becoming more and more loving.
The Spirit empowers me to be bountiful.
I often think about how I can be more comforting.
I appreciate liberality.
My spirit reverberates with agape love.
I have a natural affinity with the sorrowful and heartbroken.
I am at home with the liberal and humane; I do not fellowship
The vile person shall be no more called liberal,
nor the churl said to be bountiful. (Isaiah 32:5, KJV)
The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful; -- Isaiah 32:5 (NKJV)
Being charitable is a real passion with me.
Those who live and work near me know me to be:
At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which
is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and
charitable deeds which she did.
He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He
will pay back what he has given. Proverbs 19:17
One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
"And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in
which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who
cannot discern between their right hand and their left; and much
"you shall supply him liberally from your flock,
from your threshing floor, and from your winepress. From what the
LORD has blessed you with, you shall give to him.
he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with
liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with
that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of
their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their
2 Corinthians 8:2
while you are enriched in everything for all liberality,
which causes thanksgiving through us to God. They glorify God for
the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for
your liberal sharing with them and all men,
2 Corinthians 9:11,13
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap
sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:6
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in
love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to
Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
-- Psalm 119:11
you would like to become more charitable,
few traits of a son of Abraham
isn't that New Age "Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??
|'And you shall not glean your
vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your
vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the
stranger: I am the LORD your God.
'If one of your brethren becomes poor, and
falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him,
like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with
"If there is among you a poor man of your
brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the
LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your
heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,
I was a father to the poor, And I searched out
the case that I did not know.
Have I not wept for him who was
in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
He who oppresses the poor
reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on
Whoever shuts his ears to the
cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.
The righteous considers the
cause of the poor, But the wicked does not understand
This isn't that New Age
"Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??