Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #13 --- Benevolence
Quotations on Benevolence
Benevolence is love conducting infinite wisdom
---Alexander H. Vinton, The Evening Telegraph, Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 18, 1867.
The term “love,” as used in the New Testament, is the generic expression for the sum of all benevolence. It is the all-including symbol for the whole content of man’s duty to man.
---A.A. Berle, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 16, 1897.
The spirit and principle of all true beneficence is the same, to serve men, to seek their highest welfare, to make them better.
---Matthew Henry Buckham, Burlington Weekly Free Press, Burlington, Vt., July 3, 1885.
The Spirit of God in the life of man transforms his conscientiousness into benevolence.
---A.E. Boyd, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Dec. 2, 1912.
Goodness is a benevolent interest in all beings, desiring them happiness, and ready to promote it whenever the opportunity presents itself.
---R. Lee James, Boone County Recorder, Burlington, Ky., April 4, 1940.
Magnanimity can be developed, but not while maintaining a petty outlook on life or being overly alert to narrow self-interest.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 4, 1955.
Magnanimity, the largest resource of the human spirit, is inspired by the Lord of Love whose mercy surpasses all His works.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 27, 1955.
Looking forward to things worth living for is well sustained by looking upward to their Benevolent Source.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 20, 1959.
Responsibility is the pressure of the Lord’s hand on one’s shoulder to encourage one to magnanimity.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 19, 1963.
To lighten the hearts of others is the hallmark of magnanimity.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 29, 1965.
They who wait on the Lord’s will are sustained by its constant benevolence.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 28, 1967.
Many people find it easy to pity distress, but hard to relieve it.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 2, 1910.
Benevolence is never exhausted.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1927.
A benevolent man is always deep as a well and as refreshing as a draught of cool water.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1928.
Benevolence has been expressed in words as "poured out" tenderness--the tenderness and sweetness of the Christ Spirit.
---Mrs. A.E. Lower, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1939.
Benevolent work suggests the gateway of sympathy.
---Mrs. A.E. Lower, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 28, 1941.
The word benevolence, literally, means well-wishing. It relates to an attitude of mind toward others. It expresses itself fully in the word brotherhood, and that word in all of its depth and meanings is grasped only by those who through faith in Jesus Christ recognize their common Father in God.
---Robert Hill, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 28, 1916.
Sometimes we think that showing good will means being good-natured, giving presents, doing little services, cheering up the friendless. All these things are certainly good but they touch only the surface of the great need. It is easy to be benevolent when the mood of benevolence is with us. What about giving even when the mood is not there? The hungry are still hungry on the day when we may not feel like doing for them. One of the tasks of an ethical religion is to keep us mindful of the needs which claim us whether or not at the moment we feel like responding. It’s a man’s job, no mere sentimental wishing, this matter of showing faith in people, or faith in life’s goodness. Misunderstanding, ignorance, indifference or even downright cruelty shroud our days. But even those mists are pierced at times by shafts of light in which we see the most truly godlike power in the universe. Follow where they point.
---Henry Neumann, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 23, 1935.
The love of benevolence, which is objective love, begins in self and ends in others. Men owe to a man the love of benevolence. This is the currency of respect and confidence. This is the medium of exchange. It is good to have others believe in you; and it is good to try to win the respect of others. The most miserable of all men is he in whom no one has any respect. Bene volens means to wish well--it is the expression of kindness. We owe the stimulus of good cheer and cordiality. These have a tonic effect in social life. They are a preventive of discouragement and despair. They arouse to action and develop latent powers. A man of good cheer and cordiality is a dispenser of sunshine. If it is ever justified to shoot a discourager--it is right to applaud a man who dispenses good cheer and cordiality. There is no inevitable connection between Christianity and cynicism. Truth is not a salad to be dressed with vinegar.
---William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 2, 1923.
The sweet spirit of benevolence means not only generous with your means, but generous in thought and word toward everyone you know. No doubt the good Lord hates a stingy pocketbook, but a thousand times more He hates a stingy mind and a stingy tongue. How strange that many persons see all our faults and none of our virtues. How strange that some persons hear all the evil and nothing good. It costs so little and is such a pleasure to speak well that when nothing good can be said, let the ear be deaf, the eye blind and the tongue dumb.
---George H. Givan, Carlsbad Current, Carlsbad, N.M., June 3, 1921.
You really have “arrived” as a successful person when you have found your way above pettiness. To be broadminded means to be not only indulgent but tolerant and compassionate. Playing the game of life calls for an authentic brand of good sportsmanship. Always to press an advantage, never making any human concessions, shrinks the personality. Good fellowship in less the mark of a cheerleader than of a sympathetic, understanding character. To help others along in life is to grow stronger, more self-reliant, more consciously secure. To give nothing of oneself to others leads to impoverishment of spirit and to envy of richer personalities. Patience—rather than petulance—leads to self-vindication. The mind foregoes finding fault with others, realizing more is to be gained by self-criticism. Magnanimity is inspired by realization of one’s kindship with life’s lowliest and least.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 23, 1954.
He who really loves righteousness cannot love it for himself alone; he hungers for its triumph over all the earth; he longs for the banishment of every wrong. Hence his zeal for justice is sweetened with good will to men, so that righteousness becomes one form of benevolence. The right is always the good. Hence the ethical passion kindled from the heart of Jesus was flamed out in abhorrence of wrong and evil, and has lent support and vigor to every movement for reform and welfare. The gospel is no gospel if it does not turn the hearts of men toward each other as well as toward God. It is no gospel if it does not unite all believers in wise, well-considered, and earnest movements for the cleansing of the world and the better ordering of all human life. Righteousness is rightness. To hunger and thirst after righteousness therefore is all one with the prayer that God’s kingdom may come, and that His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
---Charles Gordon Ames, Chatham Semi-Weekly Courier, Chatham, N.Y., Aug. 12, 1905.
While benevolence implies material methods and bestows material gifts, these are not an end in themselves, but only a means to an end, and that end is character—to lift the poor into manhood, the best, purest, strongest manhood, to say “rise up and walk,” to evolve character, moral and spiritual life. Almsgiving often degrades those whom it seeks to benefit, while Christian benevolence aims to minister to the poor that they may be strengthened in character while enjoying immunity from unrelieved material necessities. The social revolutionist seeks to banish poverty simply as an end in itself, while Christian benevolence ministers to the material necessities of the poor in order that it may relieve their temporary physical wants and at the same time remove the difficulties and obstacles which keep them from rising to a strong, pure, self-reliant Christian manhood.
---David H. Greer, The Troy Daily Times, Troy, N.Y., May 2, 1891.
By the cultivation of benevolence man feels for the woes of his race and cheerfully administers the balm of consolation to the unfortunate—charity softens the heart, incites to good actions and rescues the distressed from impending misery and restores them to peace and contentment; use your influence to extent a sentiment of brotherhood and by this means remove the obstacles that interpose between the hearts of men; by practicing friendship—self-sacrificing friendship, in periods of adversity; cherish the great sentiment of universal love; all men are recognized as brothers, and the divine injunction is obeyed, that bids us to do unto others as we would that others should do unto us, and the principle of truth following close after love crowns the fabric. Truth is the imperial virtue and the treasure for which the candid mind ever seeks; sanctioning every appeal that is made for the good and the right; it condemns the wrongs, the sins and the falsehoods of the world, and stands a solid landmark amid the waves of faction and the conflicts of error.
---Silas T. Grisamore, Louisiana Capitolian, Baton Rouge, La., May 3, 1879.
Friendship, Benevolence, Charity. These three are like gems of purest water. If a man should lose all things and still retain these three in his heart and life, he would be the richest among men. Even the casket which these gems adorn no fire nor water, time nor eternity can destroy, for that casket is the human soul. Friendship is the basis, Benevolence the superstructure, Charity the capstone. Friendship, so precious in its very exclusiveness, for in the trust sense of the word, in the bond of friendship there is but room for two. Benevolence, in its very nature, is not exclusive but inclusive of all who in their hour of distress need the assistance of a brother, irrespective of age, sex, creed or color. And Charity which in its broadest aspect is love, embracing the weak and blessing it with the benediction of Him whose name is Love.
Is not man created in the image of God, His reflection His picture in the earth? If even in his fallen state friendship, benevolence and love can appear in man so charming, how unspeakably beautiful they must be in God unharmed and glorious. Hence, for their true conception, working and perfection we must see them in God. And that is true of all things in this world. It is only when we view things from God’s standpoint that we see them in their true perspective; otherwise they appear untrue and distorted. Benevolence means good will expressed in kindly acts. The divine benevolence is as broad as the universe, inexhaustible as God Himself, impartial as the diffusion of the sunlight. Benevolence means good will. That word recalls the night when the heavenly host sang in the fields of Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will toward men. Benevolence means “wishing well.” God is, so to speak, men’s Well-Wisher. He proved it by sending His only begotten Son into the world to redeem us from the curse. And here divine benevolence returns unto the Lord of God, whence it springs.
---Henri de Vries, The Highland Democrat, Peeskill, N.Y., Oct. 10, 1908.
Mere emotional benevolence has no part in real sympathy. Some people can weep over suffering and still do nothing. If the Samaritan had sat down and shed tears of sympathy and offered a fervent prayer and exercised a tender hope that Providence would somehow intercede, we never should have heard of him as Christ’s idea of a neighbor.
---C.M. Bowers, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Nov. 7, 1897.
In benevolence we not only delight in the contemplation and society of the persons beloved, we wish well to them, we wish them all that is good. We will oblige them if we can; we will serve them if in our power; we will watch for opportunities of promoting their welfare; we will make sacrifices for their good. This love is ready to flow forth towards relatives and friends, towards neighbors and companions, towards all with whom we come in contact; it will go out towards the whole family of mankind. We are ready to increase their happiness, and in the highest exercises of love to raise them in the scale of being, and to exalt them morally and spiritually. The love of God thus manifests itself in multiplying happiness, in spreading holiness He is not only Light, but the Fountain of lights; and the light that is in Him, like that of the sun, shines all around. Benevolence flows out in a great number and variety of forms; in compassion, in pity, tenderness, in longsuffering, in patience. How can this benevolence be exhibited by us toward God? We identify ourselves with Him, and strive to promote His glory, and the causes in which He is interested. We make it our prayer, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
---James McCosh, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., June 28, 1875.
No person of any benevolence can reflect upon the circumstances of the poor without commiserating their condition, without feeling his faith appealed to for aid in their behalf; neither can one remember their situation without his brotherly love being aroused to send means for their deliverance or picturing to himself how he would feel were he in their situation.
—George Q. Cannon, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 27, 1871.
The power impelling to stewardship and consecration is the passion of affection excited by the perfection of Deity. Stewardship, consecration, love, these three, and where they are in any human soul they left the entablature of benevolence toward heaven. Nor is this something fickle and emotional. On the contrary it is constant and enduring. When stewardship, consecration and love fall, benevolence falls. Jesus is the superlative and divine example of benevolence. He was the supreme Steward, the almoner of the grace and mercy of His Father. His consecration was sublime in its perfection. He came to do the will of Him who sent Him. It was His delight, His meat and drink. Finally love pure and supreme was the mighty dynamic of all He said and did. These irremovable pillars lift unfailingly the benevolence of Jesus to the view of heaven and earth. He was at once the greatest giver and the greatest gift. It was not His specific acts of giving, loaves and fishes, healing and helping, not even that divine compassion that clothed him as with a garment, from the very him of which virtue went forth, but He was in His very person the consummate gift of the love of God to a lost world. What is the opposite of benevolence? Miserliness rears its ugly form. The selfishness that deafens the ear to the cry of need, and steels the heart against its appeal. The miser is miserable, although he may think himself well off.
---Davis W. Clark, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 31, 1918.
The moral state of benevolence is based upon three pillars: stewardship, the divine claim; consecration, the human response; love, an affection appreciative of the divine character. These insure its stability as well as its spiritual quality.
---Davis W. Clark, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1918.
Benevolence is the power of mind that gives compassion, sympathy, generosity, kindness and love of humanity. When it is excessively developed it may give a tendency to provide for the present wants of the poor rather than to remove the causes that produce poverty. It is much more important to build a strong fence above the dangerous cliff to keep people from falling over than to neglect this and then furnish and ambulance to pick up the wounded after they have fallen over the cliff and injured themselves. This prevents pauperism and makes self-respecting citizens. When benevolence is deficient there is a tendency to cruelty, selfishness, lack of sympathy, and indifference to suffering.
—John T. Miller, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 1922.
Brotherhood does not find its loftiest expression in name alone, but in service. The truest expressions of what brotherhood really means is discovered in the Book of Books, in which is found the teachings of the Master Teacher and the Brother of us all. Life’s truest greatness is not in what we do alone, but in what we are, not in the places of prominence we hold or power we wield alone, but in the strength and force of the character we possess, and in this respect the humblest may be the greatest. It is the highest spirit of true benevolence to touch man at his highest point of need, to contribute to the development of his life, his manhood, his personality.
---Howard E. Hand, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., June 10, 1912.
Benevolence is a virtue that always wins the good will of mankind. Other good qualities like piety, square dealing or great courage, expose the possessors of these to envy and jealousy. But charity disarms every evil passion. The man who is merciful and kind, who relieves the poor and needy, who lifts up the downtrodden and sympathizes with the lowly and wretched by trying to make them happy, silences envy because he is the friend of man, and the voice of humanity proclaims his worth and goodness. He may belong to a despised race or be a member of an unpopular religion like the Samaritan, but that is forgotten. The world sees only the supremacy of virtue and the resplendent beauty of a loving and unselfish nature. Since benevolence is so amiable and attractive one would suppose that is would be a common virtue. It is within the reach of all. Those in the humbler walks of life can practice it. It is a great element of human happiness, and all, no matter how widely different in other respects, necessarily seek their own happiness. Naturally then, one would infer that men, from selfish motives, would be kind and charitable. Add to this the command, namely, universal love, including enemies, so forcibly illustrated in the parable of the good Samaritan, and the conclusion is inevitable that man interested in his happiness here and hereafter should be charitable to all persons.
—W.K. Ryan, Salt Lake Herald-Republican, Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 8, 1910.
Magnanimity is the elevation or dignity of soul which encounters dangers and troubles with tranquility and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence.
---Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 3, 1907.
The ear of benevolence is deaf to the pleadings of greed.
---Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 6, 1918.
Benevolence cultivates a good understanding between men, and dissipates the rancourous feelings which would make a wreck of brotherly love. Men in all stations, both high and low, are equally capable of Benevolence; for its literal signification is well willing. It is the lot of Beneficence to administer to the needy the cup of humanity; it is the lot of Benevolence to show mercy to the faults of others; to possess the mind with feelings of compassion, and a just toleration.
---The Escritoir, Albany, N.Y., Feb. 18, 1926.
Benevolence is not that dreaming sensibility which evaporates in sighs; not that sickly sorrow which weeps but never acts; not that indolent sympathy which feels for miseries, that it never strives to relieve; not that blind generosity which would sooner sacrifice life, to revenge an injury done to a complaining fair one, than to save a community from starvation; but that benevolence which feels to act, and acts to relieve sufferance; and asserts itself only in good effects. There is a kind of benevolence which only seeks notoriety, and partakes more of vanity and pride than of real charity. There is another kind of benevolence which is blind in the choice of its object; prodigal in the use of its means; and is the cause of more evil than it relieves. But the benevolence we are to cherish and practice retires from observation, and is known only in the blessings it communicates. It is careful to whom it bestows–that the sufferer is worthy, and remembers even then, that there is other suffering which he must relieve. Benevolence requires forecast, special plans, special provisions, extraordinary economy, and industry. Where all these are not, we may find a full heart, but we shall find an empty storehouse.
—Walter Colton, The Escritoir, Albany, N.Y., Aug. 19, 1826.
Benevolence means the love of mankind, accompanied with the desire to promote their happiness, to relieve their suffering and ameliorate their condition. This desire is confined to no clime, class or condition. Under its benign touch [a man] gladly divides his time, his energies and means with his brother in need or distress--to aid and console the needy and desolate widow, to shelter, protect and educate helpless orphanage, to visit the home of poverty and minister to the sick and comfort the dying, and to make the world better and brighter.
—William Poindexter, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 8, 1904.
"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12.) The Golden Rule is an excellent test by which to judge our selfishness and our benevolent feelings. We most effectively promote our own happiness when we cultivate the most benevolent affection toward our neighbor.
—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 23, 1922.
Aid to others who need support and encouragement is the very embodiment of the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
—Edward R. Cassidy, The Bogalusa Enterprise and American, Bogalusa, La., Nov. 27, 1931.
Christ intended to inculcate the principle of benevolence to act as a check on the insatiable covetousness. The principle is not the worthiness of the recipient, but the ability and willingness of the giver. It is the sinner's need and God's ability to give.
—George E. Chandler, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., March 11, 1895.
The word benevolence, literally, means well-wishing. It relates to an attitude of mind toward others. It expresses itself fully in the word brotherhood, and that word in all of its depth and meanings is grasped only by those who through faith in Jesus Christ recognize their common Father in God.
—Robert Hill, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 28, 1916.
Charity, blessed by divine lips as the greatest attribute of the human heart, is the crowning, active motive, while benevolence, the handmaiden of charity, is the enlivening spirit, without which there is nothing neither of life nor love nor brotherhood.
—James G. Chenoweth, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Dec. 3, 1906.
Love is the great conqueror. It cements friendships, softens asperities, lifts up the fallen, cheers the afflicted and honors God. If you have an enemy, be magnanimous to him. Magnanimity to an enemy or competitor will win him and thousands of others will be won while you are winning him.
—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, July 27, 1893.
All giving ought to be an expression of the grace of God. Giving is a grace. The more grace one has the more bountiful his gifts. A consciousness of the continually abiding grace of God will produce a constant stream of outgoing benevolence.
—M.E. Dodd, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., Oct. 3, 1912.
He who would be a friend of God must have magnanimity. The man who is always standing on his right and taking offense at fancied invasion of them will never be a power for God. He must be magnificently human. Mortal man must have his failings, but he may still be friend of God.
—J.H. Griffin, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 9. 1907.
Christian holiness will express itself in deeds of magnanimity. The man whose heart is divinely possessed rejoices to know that the old law of "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is replaced in favor of a nobler legislation, which bids us to do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us. He eagerly seizes every opportunity to convince his enemy that he would rather enrich him that despoil him, and that he would rather exalt him than degrade him.
—J.B. Hawthorne, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 23, 1895.
Benevolence and friendliness are practically synonymous terms. Benevolence bespeaks friendliness. Benevolence is an evidence of friendliness. Friendliness that does not express itself in deeds of benevolence is a misnomer.
—A.B. Kendall, The Herald of Gospel Liberty, Portsmouth, N.H., Jan. 22, 1925.
Benevolence is the soil from which spring love and charity to all mankind, patience and forbearance to those about us, and the inestimable blessings of peace and serenity to ourselves. Benevolence enables us to bear with the failings of those we are associated with, knowing that we ourselves are not perfect, to make allowances for the delinquence of [others]. It will displace pride and substitute humility. If we would search our hearts diligently, we should find that pride smothers many of our better feelings. Let us then endeavor to cultivate benevolence and humility and every righteous impulse.
—Hannah T. King, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 15, 1879.
Benevolence does not consist merely in distributing your surplus. Benevolence is the law of life, not of this small fragment of life. All property is subject to the law of love.
—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, May 27, 1929.
We can never develop a real benevolence until we put this question of giving on its proper divine basis and make the appear to the enlightened conscience of the Christian. What is done through force or stress of high pressure methods does not tend to cultivate the grace of giving. Some persons give with such beauty, that you remember it as long as you live; and you say, "It is a pleasure to go to such men." There are some men who give as springs do; whether you go to them or not, they are always full; and your part is merely to put your dish under the everflowing stream. Become an eternal spring, always flowing out in gifts unto God. Until this condition is obtained, the giving is not voluntary, does not come from the heart, will not bring the greatest blessing to the giver, and will not flow steadily into the treasury of the Lord.
—J. Benjamin Lawrence, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., May 25, 1911.
What is benevolence? Love of mankind accompanied with the desire to promote man's happiness, a due regard for needs of others. Benevolence is love in action.
—Mrs. A.E. Lower, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 20, 1943.
Benevolence in its fullest sense is the sum of moral excellence, and comprehends every other virtue. It is the motive which prompts us to do good to others–which leads us to “live our life for Christ’s sake.” All acts of kindness, of self-denial, of self-devotion, or forgiveness, of charity, of love, spring from this divine attribute. So when we say “we believe in being benevolent,” we declare a belief in all the virtues that go to make a Christlike character.
—David O. McKay, Liahona The Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., Oct. 3, 1911.
Benevolence may be said to include charity, and signifies definite intent or desire to help by good deeds, through sacrifice, in short, true philanthropy based on worthy motives. Love connotes kinship between the giver and the recipient, a fellow-feeling, general good toward mankind. These commendable virtues must find expression in deeds.
—James E. Talmage, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, March 10, 1927.
Benevolence, in simpler language and truer meaning [is] "good will." ... It is the natural outcome of friendship and charity, and perhaps the world judges you by the way you live up to and fulfill this principle of benevolence rather than by aught else. It is probably the most visible and apparent of all your virtues, and truly one cannot but speak in terms of sincere admiration and approval at the generosity and large-heartedness which you display thereby.
—Jesse S. Moore, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Jan. 30, 1899.
Giving indicates fullness, receiving indicates necessity. Giving is the essence of bliss, by it conscience smiles, God smiles, those we help smile, and joy like a river pours into our souls. It is more profitable to give than to receive. By benevolence we improve our own character. We increase the talents which God has given us. We cannot do good to others without helping ourselves.
—C.D. Owens, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Aug. 25, 1913.
In our benevolence we relieve humanity’s need. Christian love is love at work, wanting for others what it wants for self. The sure foundation for collective security is collective concern. The guarantee of freedom from need is freedom from greed. Benevolence is a matter of the open heart–open to receive God and open to give God to the world. Think of the hungry to be fed, the naked to be clothed, the prisoners to be visited, the wounded to be treated, the sorrowing to be comforted, the aged to be ministered to. The future will belong to the people of sincere and sacrificial concern. The highest joy in life lies not in grasping what is within our reach, but in reaching for what exceeds our grasp. Christian benevolence is more than sympathy; it is service and sharing. The Good Samaritan found human need on the Jericho road. His ministry to the man didn’t end with compassion. That was just the beginning. He carried him to the inn and contributed the cash needed for his care. He saw with pity, he served with promptness, he shared plentifully.
—Clyde N. Parker, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., May 17, 1945.
Giving from right motives and on Christian principles is an important means of grace–a much needed factor to discipline the soul into a spirit of benevolence or self-denial. Why does God call us to give? He does not need our gifts. We can give Him nothing that we did not first get from Him. David says, "Of thine own have we given thee." It must be somehow our own sake that He would us give. It is God's way of getting for ourselves the highest possible good. The cheerful giver not only helps others, but he makes himself rich. Thus it becomes "more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35.)
—J.A. Snyder, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., Oct. 14, 1897.
The happiest life is not the life that attempts to impair another's happiness by word or act, but whose soul is so magnanimous as can forget self in the desire to bless others. A true Christian experiences delight in soothing the sorrow of every burdened child of God. He can afford to be buffeted for his own faults and to suffer even when doing well. Charity, like the breeze which gathers fragrance from the drooping flowers it refreshes, unconsciously reaps a reward in the performance of its office of kindness. There is charity in silence and consideration, which steal on the heart like the rich perfume to bless and to cheer.
—Tullius C. Tupper, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 1, 1892.
Magnanimity keeps the fires of generosity burning.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 21, 1925.
True benevolence inspires with love of justice, and prompts him in whom it glows, neither to oppress the weak, to impose on the ignorant, nor to overreach the unwary, but to give every man his due, and with steady and undeviating steps to walk in the hallowed path of equality. Deceit and dissimulation, fraud and falsehood, are far from the human worshipper of God; integrity is enthroned in his heart, truth dwells on his lips, and enlightened sense of duty radiates the whole of his conduct. He faithfully performs every promise, and fulfills every engagement. Others respect and trust his word, because he respects and holds it sacred himself. His life is characterized by the simplicity of truth, and the dignity of virtue; and in dealing with him, they who have an opportunity of knowing his character, place undoubted confidence in his justice and faithfulness.
—Rural Repository, Hudson, N.Y., Dec. 8, 1838.