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CHARITY!!! We are All in Need of Some.

Updated on July 27, 2017
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John spent years traveling. He has seen first hand the mistreatment of people (persons) deemed inferior. Man's Inhumanity to Man. Subhuman.

Charity is more than Alms Giving.

The vast Majority of People, when they hear the word "Charity" immediately think that they have to put their Hands in their pockets or empty their purses. That idea of "Charity" is completely "WRONG" and we all must review our understanding of what is meant by "Charity". I have a very different Image of what is meant by Charity. I view "Charity" as our putting Love into Action, Charity is Active Love, and is filled with a lot of very GOOD Ingredients. I am going to attempt to put my thoughts on Charity into an understanding Format and I hope this will.give to anyone reading these notes, the strength and courage that will embolden them to move forward in love for each other and for all of humanity. All of Humanity does share the one Canoe called "EARTH". Yes, Planet Earth Is Our one Canoe.

Alms; Most people confuse "Charity" with the giving of "Alms". This is understandable but there is a difference. Charity is much more than the giving of "Alms", though "Alms" is one of the components of "Charity" but is only a component. In my understanding, "Alms" is a way of being involved as minimally as we possibly can. Most people can drop a few coins in the hat and move on, conveniently forgetting the PERSON on the receiving end of those coins. WE do not need to get really concerned. Real "Charity" on the other Hand is one of involvement and of a genuine concern. With "alms" we develop no "Relationship" and can Then look away from the real suffering of our impoverished "Brothers" and "Sisters" in "Society". No personal love or Empathy exists or is allowed to exist. After all they are in that condition because of their own Fault. After all we had no part in the making of their "Predicament" and so we are being really KIND by our dropping a couple of Coins in the hat or bowl. There is no need for us to do anything more. Let them stew in their own "Pot". Our responsibilities have been Fulfilled.

Components of "Alms"...

A - ..........Alleviate means easing and so as we give we can ease our conscience having given a little help.

L - ..........Largess simply means the feeling we can have from the easing of our guilt having given a little towards the help of this poor creature.We justify our unconcern for our lesser Cousins.

M - ..........Munificence. Our "Munificence" is showing and must be apparent to all. We can feel good for we have given. In this manner of giving there's no interaction between the giver and the recipient. they both remain Anonymous to each other. We ignore the human "face" of pain and suffering, BUT!! We have fulfilled our duty, or Have We.///

S - ..........Salve we have salved our feeling of care and responsibility and in this we can then say we have done all that we can to help the poor wretch. These are my thoughts on simply the giving of Alms whereas when we Practice Charity there is much more that is involved.

We can now examine the ingredients that build "Charity".

Charity that is real charity is the practice of love and entails the giving of oneself to the help venture and is of a personal nature. We are fully involved and develop an interaction with the recipient or recipients. We look on the poor and do our best to help them in a more involved way and look at those being helped as friends and Brothers. We understand that there is a big deal more to a person in the value of that person than the story his current state tells. Here following are the Components or ingredients of what "REAL CHARITY" is.

C - ..........Compassion. We look on those less fortunate with concern and with Compassion and we reach out to them with love doing all that we can to ease the burden placed on them by the misfortunes of Life. After all is said and done, (We are our Brother's and our Sister's Keeper), We know, and accept that the disadvantaged poor are very definitely our "Brothers and Sisters". In our acceptance of this fact we can give from our love. Jesus said and I Quote.- {LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU}. To reach others with love and so to give joy and "HOPE". This calls for our decision to love in an unconditional manner. {Agape Love.}...

H - ..........Hope. People who have fallen into bad circumstances tend to Lose all Hope. They have a tendency to just give up on life. This state makes them easy prey to the predators of life and humanity. There are Persons who will take advantage of them in every way they can. When we reach out to them, with Concern and with compassion, with an Agape Love, then We do give to them the gift of HOPE. We will also keep the interaction going if only because "We DO CARE".

A - ..........Action. The A in charity has two meanings. One and not the least is AGAPE which is Love without conditions. We give of our love and no strings are attached. A second and equal meaning is Action. We take action to get involved and to reach out in a genuine and in a true friendly, loving Manner, to those that are in need. We do our best to ease the Burdens placed on them and we do check in on them from time to time to let them know that we care and Love Them. A burden shared is a whole lot easier to bear.

R - .........Relief. This is a good one because both the Giver and the Recipient feel the relief of being treated with humanness, and our common feelings of Gratitude, We all have gained a good lesson in and from this Agape Love, and in my experience the giver gets more from this intercourse than the receiver. It is one of the greatest feelings of Joy that one can have when we know that we have reached the very soul of those we are attempting to give help to and to not just help but give an offering 0f our Hearts, of our friendship and love.

I - ...........Impart. Yes we do impart to our Brothers and Sisters in dire need the knowledge and the feeling of love. To many people in bad straits the feeling of love, of being Loved has been lost and is now become Foreign. They have not felt they mattered in a very long period. Their Uniqueness has not been affirmed by another Human Being in "Months and often Years". (We, all of us, without exception need to know that we are loved, and that others do care about us). Then there is 'Intercourse" and NO I am not talking about Sex. I am speaking of Building a good relationship and Communication between two or more people. When Intercourse is not present then real charity has had a setback. A setback that will take time and effort to cure and to build Intercourse and gain the Benefits of this Interaction. We need relationship in all parts of Humanity. We all need our Humanity to be affirmed and we all need to be told in one way or another that we have good Value. We need to be able to feel Love, Genuine love.

T - ..........Truth. Testimony, There are two words that the T covers, truth and Testimony. We demonstrate the truth that all Humanity is Interrelated and give Testimony to this fact and also the Love that is Predominant in the Universe. We give evidence of Jesus's Command "That we love One Another as he Had Love and does Love Us. The love that is decisive and not emotional. When we help in our love and Compassion we testify to the Uniqueness and real Value of the person being helped. We affirm them in themselves.

Y - ..........Yield. You. When it comes to real Charity, to Agape Love. then there is a giving of yourself but You also Gain You. You will find out a lot about yourself and a better and more fulfilling understanding of Humanity. When we know that in yielding of ourselves to those we love and those we care for is a reflection on our own ability to love unselfishly. But More so is this true when we give that same love to those we only know of because they need help and need to be shown some Compassion and concerned Love. Be a "FRIEND" those who need a friend. The Yield means that we yield of ourselves to the you of the poor and disadvantaged this yielding comes back to you, the one that has given, in the diamonds of a more joyous life and attitude. Every human being is required to have Love and Concern for every other person and being. When we Give we Gain. What we Sow we also Reap. We gain more than we give.

We also must learn to reach ourselves with this same `Charity` and with as much compassion. We must never sit in judgement of ourselves or others. We may, at times have to make a hard judgement Call but don't need to sit in judgement of ourselves or indeed of those, our Friends, Sisters, or Brothers in need. Love all with Real CHARITY and Love yourself as others. Jesus said we should `love our Neighbor as we do ourselves` this also works in reverse we must also `Love ourselves as we do our neighbor`. By all means, we must develop and build our capacity to Love, and for LOVE.


Show Love!!! Show Humanity!!! Reveal God!!!!

Real charity is the giving of ourselves not just the giving of handouts. Dropping a few coins in a hat or can is the giving of alms and does not really involve the giver. Real charity is the practice of Love. Give of yourself.

© 2016 John Ward


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    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      10 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Kenneth, All of us fall short of God's Standards which should be, one would think, easy to adhere to. No One has ever succeeded. We just have to give it our best effort. I am getting close, only 99.99% to go. You could say I'm a work in progress, but the road is long and with a good many distractions. Never give up. Keep on as you are and leave the rest to God. God Bless

    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      20 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thanks, Kenneth, We all fall short in this area and all of us need some Charitable interest from God. I have a very long WAY to go.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      An emphatic, "AMEN," to the topic of this hub.

      I loved it and although it stepped on my toes,

      I still loved it. I fail God so much on His required

      points of Christian living--that I am ashamed

      of myself.

      Please pray that God carves in me a charitable


      Keep up the great work.

    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thank you, dreamer Meg. God Bless.

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      We do indeed reap what we sow and you are very right when you say our alms is just a sop to the conscience.

    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thank very much. I have a long way to go to catch up with you, Keep up the great work. John W

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      John, this is a wonderful piece of inspirational writing and clearly describes what "faith" really is as opposed to the giving of "alms" which is much more self-serving.

    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thank you savvydating and God Bless. John W (faith-Hope-love)

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      2 years ago

      It is true that the mere giving of alms does little more than assuage our conscience. True charity really does require our willingness to inconvenience our lives by reaching out to others in a meaningful way. I can see why you were attracted to the priesthood. Thank you for writing this lovely piece. It is a good admonition for all of us, especially myself.

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      John Ward 

      2 years ago

      Thanks,John, I fully agree.

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      2 years ago

      We need to give "Charity" to ourselves Before we show it to others. We must Demonstrate Compassion and Love to all our "Brothers and Sisters. Pray for Peace and then extend PEACE.

    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thanks Eric. I await your input. John

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a good piece. It inspires me.

    • faith-hope-love profile imageAUTHOR

      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      I have gained much more from reaching out to people in need than I have ever given. Besides having been given loyal friendships and a lot of JOY I have been given the benefit of the wisdom of those that I have helped. I have felt blessed by them and by My God.


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