Charity is benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity, generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering, and lenient judgment of others.
Remember what the angel and the heavenly host say to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth?
“10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:10-14, KJV)
Paul reminds us to support each other “in charity,” writing:
“with all meekness and mildness, with patience supporting each other in charity [with patience supporting, or up-bearing, together in charity]”
Paul also tells us that “now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV) Charity — benevolent good will, lenience in judgment, willingness to alleviate suffering.
Whose charity comes to mind? If you do not immediately see Jesus healing all who came to Him, raising the dead, feeding the hungry crowds, dying on the cross for you; then you’re missing the true meaning of charity.