Monday, July 14, 2008

Pure Love of Christ

Yesterday, the speakers at Church addressed the topics of faith, hope, and charity. I'll focus my remarks on just the last one.

Charity has been defined as the pure love of Christ (Moroni 7:47). One of the speakers mentioned that Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, His taking upon Himself the punishment for our sins--the "chastisement of our peace" as Isaiah calls it (Isaiah 53:5)--was the greatest act of charity ever done.

I got to thinking about that. On the surface it makes sense: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). But I wanted a little more insight.

Soon I realized that Jesus Christ suffered infinitely, even to the point of bleeding from every pore, to pay the price of sin and transgression and feel the pains of all mortal vicissitudes for all God's children--even for those who completely reject the idea of God and Jesus.

That Jesus would suffer as He did, with the complete understanding that a significant portion of humanity would hate, deride, and militate against the very idea of Him, is indeed incomprehensible.

I cannot think of a greater love, or charity, than this, even the pure love of Christ.

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