His words about charity are some of the most difficult to follow.
Instructions on how we should treat our neighbor are one of the hallmarks of Jesus’ teachings. Countless people over the centuries, including Christians and non-believers, have looked to Jesus for guidance on how to be charitable towards other people.
On this topic, Jesus gave us a wealth of maxims to live by, and he challenges each one of us to incorporate them into our very being. Jesus hopes that we will take them seriously and strive to live up to them each and every day of our lives.
Below are several passages from the Gospels that invite us to examine how we exercise charity towards those we encounter.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid.” (Luke 14:12)