Being charitable is a term seldom heard nowadays. When someone does good, and gives to charity, there is always another that chides and tells them someone will get rich from their good deeds. Such comments, though innocent at times, causes people to think before doing good the next time around, for fear that their act of charity will be made fun of.
Perhaps that is the reason why, in the Bible, it is mention that in giving alms, let it be that even our left hand doesn’t know what our right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3). But of course, there are many other reasons why our act of charity should remain personal — that is, between you and God. However, there are times when we need to make a stand and encourage others to be charitable because it feels good to do good, and it is part of our human nature to want to do good to others.
I have read over and over again, that people are just generally evil in nature. That is the reason why we are so incline to bad behaviors and so on and so forth. But I also read that we have been made in the likeness of God, which means there is also goodness in us. We just need to make a choice, which road do we take — to be what the general notion of the public is concerning human nature, or to follow in God’s goodness. And one of the nature that is encouraged in the scripture is being charitable to our brothers and sisters (note that this does not refer to only our biological relations), to be kind to our neighbours, to forgive continuously even though our brother keeps doing the same thing over and over again, and apologizes over and over again — we must be charitable and forgive. I know it is easier said than done, but which is better: to harbour a hatred and steam over an issue that has been long forgotten by our nemesis, or to simply give our grievances to God, lament and cry to Him about it, forgive when He tells us to and go on living. God will remember our tears, and like any good father, he will tell our ‘siblings’ what they have done wrong, one way or another, so they too can mend their ways. God mends hearts, relationships and so much more. If we continuously follow our own path and refuse to be charitable to the point that we cannot forgive, then we are actually breaking hearts, relationships and everything else.
The choice is ours.