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The most basic, undeniable truth of the teachings of Christ is the precept of charity. Without this one thing there is no hope, and your faith is in vane. Nothing else is acceptable to God accept a meek heart, which meekness is full of charity, Therefore a man must have charity or he is nothing.
The apostle Paul wrote concerning the divine nature of charity, he said;
"Charity suffers long, and is Kind, and envies not, and is not puffed up, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, and rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."
All of us who call ourselves lovers of Christ must cleave to charity which is greatest of all, and all things will be done away with but charity, which is the pure love of Christ, endures forever. And except you have charity you can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God.
Those who turn away the needy, and fail to clothe the naked, or visit the sick, or comfort the widows and the fatherless, if you have, to those who stand in need, I say that if you do none of these things, then your prayers will be in vane and they will avail you nothing, and you will be like the hyppocrites who deny the faith.
Seeing that the holy scriptures testify of these things, that this life is the time alotted for us to prepare to meet God, and the hour for us to perform our labours. Consider the state of the afflicted and try to alleviate their sufferings; let your bread feed the hungry, and your clothing cover the naked,; let your liberality dry up the tear of the orphan, and cheer the disconsolate widow; let your prayers, and presence, and kindness, allieviate the pains of the distressed, and your liberality contribute to their necessities, do good to all men, especially to those of th household of faith, that you ay be harmless, and blameless, the sons of God without rebuke.
We ought at all times to be very careful that such high-mindedness will never have a place in our heart, but condescend to men of low estate, and with all long-suffering bear the infirmities of the weak.