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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #2 --- Charity

Updated on September 23, 2015

Quotations on Charity

The law of charity is the bridge of love we live to span; to God, no nearer can we be than we are to our fellowman.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 24, 1935.

Charity practiced in individual human lives will send out an ineluctable radiance, redeeming the world from greed and vengefulness. In the heart of everyone is the capacity to exert that irresistible power for good.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 1954.

Charity is the currency of the Kingdom of Heaven, and gives to all earthly exchange its true value and worth.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept 23, 1956.

The sweetest flower of the gospel is charity.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Dec. 25, 1897.

Charity is like kindness flowing in a stream of benevolence.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Oct. 15, 1898.

Charity draws from an exhaustless fountain; the more it gives the more it has to give.

---Elijah Powell Brown, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Feb. 17, 1901.

It is easier to do a charitable act than it is to refrain from talking about it.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., March 13, 1908.

Remember that an act of charity works both ways.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., April 3, 1908.

Charity is never at its best except when it is accompanied by humility.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 28, 1935.

Impulsive charity often does as much harm as good. Give thoughtfully.

---Daniel H. Tuttle, The Progressive Farmer, Winston, N.C., April 21, 1896.

One act of charity is worth a century of eloquence.

---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., July 1897.

From the charity and love of Jesus Christ the love which is the sunlight of the soul escapes in piercing and brilliant rays which we call humility, piety, chastity. Here is born the divine flame and the supernatural strength which sustains and vivifies the whole Christian world, and which is as efficacious in its results on the spiritual world as is the material sun on the processes of nature. Our souls should be on fire, as it were, with fervor, and they will be if we feel but a little of the ardor to which [Jesus Christ] invites us.

---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., June 1901.

We talk about the telescope of faith, but we think we want even more—the microscope of watchful, grateful charity. Apply this to the little bits of your daily lives, in the light of the spirit, and how wonderful they come out!

---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., October 1902.

The law of charity is not only a divine command, but it is the bond of union among us.

---George Thomas Montgomery, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 1, 1897.

Charity is the greatest of all Christian graces, but one must have a genius for it to dispense it properly.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., March 13, 1916.

Man is a social being, and craves fellowship with his kind. Fellowship begets friendship, softens the heart and prompts it to deeds of charity. Charity is the culminating virtue, the last round of that mystic ladder which reaches from earth with its gloom and sorrow, to heaven with its everlasting light and joy.

---L.R. Reynolds, The Daily Phoenix, Columbia, S.C., April 1, 1868.

The sympathy that accompanies charity is its halo of glory.

---B.A. Woods, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Dec. 20, 1896.

Charity is the sum of all the graces, just as the perfect white light is the sum of all the seven primary colors. We can’t take two colors and make the white, or three, four, five or six, but seven. So it is with charity, we must have all. Faith, hope and charity, and the greatest of these is charity.

---T.H. Whisner, Lockport Daily Journal, Lockport, N.Y., Aug. 15, 1898.

Charity is the queen—the brightest and best of virtues. Swayed by its benign influences we can lead the erring soul to repent, soften every obdurate heart and reclaim the path of rectitude every vicious mind.

---Meredith P. Snyder, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 19, 1897.

The most wholesome charity comes of helping persons to solve their own problems. Many persons have been given hope for discouragement, and have been led to independence by their own efforts.

---John F. Easley, Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Okla., April 22, 1915.

Christian charity is the love which one human being feels for another when he recognizes him as a fellow pilgrim on earth, a creature of God’s, and because he is a creature of God he loves him. Charity is the love of God animating the human heart and binding together all of His creatures.

---Joseph F. Byrne, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Sept. 6, 1896.

Charity is not to be understood as a false tolerance, which admits evil on the same plane as goodness, nor is it an indifference to truth, which ends by crucifying as Pilate did. Charity is love for the person despite the intellectual differences which separate. One even has to be sensitive to the beliefs of others, never giving offense. Such charity never interprets another man’s actions in an ill sense, is compassionate to his infirmities, bears his burdens, excuses his weakness and loves him in the midst of his imperfections and forgives him that he may be forgiven.

---Fulton J. Sheen, Knickerbocker News, Albany, N.Y., March 10, 1962.

Charity is the most exalted disposition of the human heart. [It] includes supreme love to God and universal good will to man. It requires us to look with forbearance upon the weakness, follies and imperfections of humanity, and compels us to remember that all men are of one family—that there is but one country, the earth; but one nation, the human race; and that all are one when demanding our sympathy, from the monarch on his throne to the beggar in rags. It ever enjoins the breaking of bread to the hungry; the cup of cold water to the thirsty; watching by the sick bed, comforting the afflicted, visiting the imprisoned, encouraging the enfeebled, and it reaches forth its hands for the protection and support of the widow, and to sustain and educate the orphan.

---J.W. Tyler, Western Reserve Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, May 8, 1867.

Friendship, happiness, love, faith are each and all affinities, and grow out of the fruitful soul of truth. The strongest light flowing from this prolific stem is charity. The Scriptures commend many virtues, but declare that this exceeds them all, as a star of the first magnitude excels all others. Love has written above the archways of the world its sweetest story of unselfish devotion. In the presence of her artless smile, deception, falsehood, fraud flee away abashed. Reposing in the pavilion of truth, love touches into beauty all human aspirations. In the light of her resplendent flame, trust and confidence have been begotten where, before, they died. Let me impress upon you the very significant fact that all suppliants for the favors bestowed by the gentle hand of love must cultivate this highest of virtues. This security, once sought and found, enables the seeker to develop his manliest powers. When once he learns the lesson, the integrity of human nature assumes a new and important strength. He gazes upon human misery with a new and intelligent interest. He, from this secure refuge, sees a new and more abhorrent deformity in deceit, falsehood and wrong.

---J.M. Johnson, Wichita Daily Eagle, Wichita, Kan., April 24 1903.

How noiselessly the snow comes down. You see it, feel it, but hear it not. It is like true charity. Charity makes no noise in the world, but distributes wherever there is poverty. A person who does good out of pure benevolence never spreads it abroad in the circles in which he moves, or makes it public through a newspaper. Who hath charity? St. James says: “If any man seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” “Pure religion is to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” So many people, when they do a good deed, want the world to know it, and be praised for it. If we get praise for the good we do in this world we will not get it in the next. We should do our work as silently as possible, and we should always do our duty, whether it is appreciated or not. Some people will say, when talking of doing some deed of kindness, “They will never thank me for it.” But there is One that knows, and we are sure to get the reward some time.

---Helen B. Kimball, The Progressive Farmer, Winston, N.C., March 8, 1898.

The cultivation and growth of charity contributes toward the development of other virtues, and expels from the heart of man corruption and vice. This charity begets hope, hope faith, faith truth, and so on through the whole series, until the soul of man is regenerated and placed under the control of these principles which lead only to goodness and beauty; instead of being a waste ground where the weeds of viciousness and passion are brought forth for exhale noxious vapors for the deterioration of every other mind with which the wicked-hearted man is brought in contact. Charity is the highest attribute of the faithful, the cornerstone of religion, without which all else is vanity and vexation of spirit. Charity comprehends not only the bestowing of comfort to the distressed, but in granting the boon of pity to the erring, and in covering with the mantle of mercy the faults of our fellows. It looks to the welfare of the human family.

---William H. Young, Evening Star, Washington, D.C., June 16, 1858.

Love is the invisible tie which binds, and it takes hold of a man’s higher nature, his better nature. “Put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” It is the only bond which will fit the soul. The invisible ties which fix man in his proper place on earth hold forever and forever. Let us get this chord in the proper place in our hearts. There is only one thing capable of universal application, and that is love, the bond of perfectness.

---P.A. Cool, Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Ill., Nov. 1, 1889.

Charity is the only incentive to the exercise of true friendship and benevolence. It is not so much what others do for us that renders us happy, as the spirit in which the thing is done. Friendship or benevolence without charity is like faith without works, dead, worthless. Just as true faith toward God is founded upon works, just so is true friendship and benevolence founded upon charity, which is love.

---S.B. Jones, Iowa State Bystander, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 8, 1895.

Charity is the overall, outgoing, unselfish goodwill for the eternal welfare of others. In other words, it is redemptive love! Without it life becomes selfish and sour; with it, life is creative and redemptive. Redemptive love is active. It involves not only a sympathetic attitude toward others in their suffering and their sorrow, but an active participation in the relief of their suffering and sorrow.

—Kenneth W. Copeland, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 11, 1959.

Charity is obligatory on every one who would call himself a follower of Christ. It is not a mere by-product; it stands at the very heart and center of the Christian life. Our blessed Savior ... where He is, love must reign and works of mercy flourish. [We] must give expression in a practical way to His sympathy. For the poor, the sick and the wayward [we] must reach out His hands to them. That is the work of charity.

—Patrick Joseph Hayes, New York Times, New York, N.Y., April 18, 1926.

Charity is the beginning of the Christian life, and the perfection of charity is its end. The other virtues may be called allies of charity, but they are not a means to the acquisition of charity. They are, however, all of them, a means to the perfection of charity, and most necessary means.

—Damian L. Cummins, The Catholic Tribune, St. Joseph, Mo., Aug. 29, 1942.

Faith is the architect, Hope is the builder; but Charity is the busy hands that put up the edifice stone by stone. Charity never takes a holiday. St. Paul says is never fails. It is the stimulus of Hope and the life of Faith.

—David S. Phelan, Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 2, 1911.

Charity is the formula which reduced ten commandments to one, a kind of gyrocompass which needs only to be set in order to take care of all the navigating problems of life.

—Alfred Duffy, The Catholic Tribune, St. Joseph, Mo., Aug. 8, 1936.

Charity is not alms giving, but love–kindly, patient considerateness. When such a spirit begins it never ends, but extends itself further and further until it suffuses one's attitude towards all mankind. And the place for it is begin is in the home, where it counts the most, and where there is the greater chance for one to begin to understand the feelings and aspirations of others–he one only will.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 4, 1920.

“Charity is the pure love of God.” By this plain, yet comprehensive definition, we learn that without the love of God dwelling in our hearts, we have not charity.

—Matthias F. Cowley, Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 28, 1899.

Charity is simply love in its workshop.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., April 12, 1908.

Charity has calloused palms.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 1, 1927.

Charity, the angel of divinity, she who suffereth long and is kind, she who seeketh not her own, irradiates the throne of the Almighty forever.

—Edward F. Harris, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Dec. 4, 1905.

Christian charity is never affected by the temperature of its surroundings; it never freezes. We might expose it to the burning rays of the sun and it would never melt. That is the kind of charity God wants us to have. As far as Christianity is concerned, we must not be bound by any sectional lines, geographical, social or political, or any other.

—T.B. Larimore, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 7, 1890.

The word "charity" is applicable not only to giving, but must be exemplified in many other ways. There must be charity of thoughts, charity of speech, charity in the practice of patience and forbearance, if we are to manifest the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Many people who are ever ready to give in a temporal way, forget or neglect to treat their fellow beings with that charity which is more valuable than all of the earth's treasures, and is not to be computed by the brain of men.

—Melvin V. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., Dec. 20, 1924.

The love of an individual, no matter how ungrateful, or unpromising or positively repulsive can be achieved only by Christian charity. For Christian charity does not move us to love our neighbor for his own sake, or for our own sake, or for humanity’s sake, but for the love of God. Only by contemplating Christ ... who assumed our nature that He might divinize it can we see in the lowliest, the most incorrigible and the least attractive of our fellow men, an immortal soul purchased by the blood of Christ. And it is the pleading of the Savior to do good for His sake, to help save a soul that cost Him so much that moves the true Christian to practice charity.

—C.A. Walsh, The Beacon, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Oct. 19, 1934.

The gate of glory is too narrow for a penny weight of selfishness to enter, but it is broad enough to admit a thousand tons of charity.

—J. Benjamin Lawrence, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., July 6, 1916.

Charity is never at its best except when it is accompanied by humility.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., July 31, 1935.

He who is really in the possession of the Spirit of Christ will become charitable. He will not impugn the motives of his fellowmen. He will not be self-righteous. He will not condemn; but he will try to consider others as having equal privileges with himself; he will seek to uphold and defend his brother; for he will be in possession of that grace which does not envy, and therefore he will come to cooperate with his brother. It is a difficult thing for man to succeed alone, but with the help of his brother he may.

—J.E. Vanderwood, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, April 30, 1928.

Without charity your spiritual food availeth you nothing.

—Marvin O. Ashton, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28, 1945.

A lot of our modern charity is in danger of losing its real value, because we pass the responsibility for it to organized efforts, forgetting our personal and individual responsibility. Sometimes we only need to stretch out a hand to the man or woman who needs encouragement, just a word, a kindly deed.

—James Wise, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., March 24, 1927.

Charity is the disposition to add to the immediate and eternal good of all men. The giving of temporary material help is but an incidental manifestation of it. Charity consists in all good works. The man with charity is patient with the erring and wayward one, and "is kind"; he has no room in his heart for envy, pride, selfishness, anger, or malice; he cannot take pleasure in iniquity, knowing that ill results will follow to others. Charity is the combined and harmonious manifestation of all other virtues, without which it cannot exist. It is life's melody, the virtues are the notes which produce it.

—Charles Fry, Autumn Leaves, Lamoni, Iowa, February 1914.

A faith that does not express itself in works of charity is a dead faith. A true, living faith loves to do the works of charity. It does not fling a few morsels of bread to the hungry or give a few castoff rags to the naked. But a true, living faith gives lovingly, gladly and cheerfully. A faith that does not manifest itself in such works of love is a dead faith, and therefore cannot save. It is this earnest, practical religion that the world needs today more than anything else.

—A.R. Holderby, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 25, 1901.

Charity and friendship go hand in hand; neither is puffed up.

—Harry C. Withers, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 3, 1938.

Charity is intelligent generosity.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, July 18, 1897.

Charity is the evidence of faith in all its fullness.

Methodist Episcopal Advocate, Sutton, W.Va., June 10, 1896.

The Golden Rule is the measure of our charity to our neighbor in all that pertains to his welfare in his spiritual and temporal necessities–a charity which is a sincere love of amity and benevolence.

—S.R. Brockbank, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Feb. 7, 1916.

Faith without charity is not faith; and charity without faith is not charity, and neither has any life but from the Lord.

The Religious Telescope, Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1855.


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