Today in Gospel Doctrine the lesson I was teaching was about developing those childlike qualities and attributes that help us become more like our Savior, including forgiveness and charity. I was particularly grateful for the opportunity to focus on the parables of the Unmerciful Servant and Good Samaritan. There are so many profound, and frankly life changing principles to be gleaned from them, and ones I could stand to re-learn right now.
I’ve had the following quote tucked into my scriptures for years, and stumbled upon it earlier this week. It seemed appropriate to the lesson and applicable to the events in my life, and I feel, worth sharing here.
“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.”
Elder Marvin J. Ashton, “The Tongue Can Be a Sharp Sword,” Ensign, May 1992, 18-19.