Charity is a subject that we, as Christians, don’t ponder nearly enough.When one looks at the definition of charity, either from the Bible or the Book of Mormon, we see that charity is greater than faith or hope. We can give all of our money to the poor, but if we don’t have charity, we are nothing. And we can have the gift of prophecy; understand all mysteries; have all knowledge; have all faith; and we can literally move mountains, but if we don’t have charity, we are nothing, according to the Bible.
Some of the characteristics of charity that we need to be aware of daily in our own lives are:
1. it suffers long
2. is kind
3. does not envy
4. is not puffed up
5. is not easily provoked
6. thinks no evil
7. rejoices in the truth
8. beareth all things
9. endureth all things
10. believes and hopes in all things.
The bottom line definition of Charity is that it is the Pure Love of Christ. Ponder this definition, pray about it, and you will come to a better understanding of the pure love of Christ and charity. IMHO
One of American Heritage dictionary’s definition of Charity:
- often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one’s neighbors as objects of God’s love.
The Bible’s definition of Charity:
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1 Corinthians 13:3
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
The Book of Mormon’s definition of Charity:
 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail —
 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.