Alongside the Atonement, Charity may be one of the hardest concepts to grasp and put into practice. We are taught in the scriptures:

1 Corinthians 8:1

“…Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…:”

1 Peter 4:8

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover (preventeth, JST) the multitude of sins.”

Moroni 7:47

“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.”

Charity is defined as the pure love of Christ. But what exactly is the “pure love of Christ?” To love others as Jesus loved us? That is certainly a good response, but does it tell us exactly what it is?

Just what does true charity feel like?  Unconditional love, non-judgmental behavior, willing to do anything for anybody, anytime without regard to oneself?

I am thinking if one can fully understand the Atonement and fully grasp and put into practice the concept of Charity, you are about as close to Godliness as you can get in this life.

Happy Easter.