"And now abideth afaith, bhope, ccharity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." (1 Cor. 13:13)
tender mercies of the Lord toward me, my family, my friends and toward all people, there is a song that comes continually to mind. It comes to mind in part because of the steady diet of cult classic movies upon which I was fed in my youth (think The Goonies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, etc.) The song was produced by the great Huey Lewis and the News for the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future, and is called The Power of Love. In this song, Mr. Lewis sang more truth than perhaps he knew: "But you'll be glad baby when you've found, that's the power makes the world go'round". Whether it be helping others in time of need, showing understanding toward those who differ in behavior or opinion, or simply being merciful to all, there are innumerable ways to exercise the gift of charity.
Apostle Paul (see also Waiting on the Road to Damascus) described as the greatest gift, and that which "never faileth". The first is a Joni Mitchell song simply called Love, and the second is a scene from the Robert Bolt film The Mission, starring Robert Deniro, both of which are based on 1 Corinthians 13:
"1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not acharity, I am become as sounding
brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And in an epistle to his son, the prophet Mormon also wrote:
"16 ...Behold, I speak with boldness, having aauthority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for bperfect clove dcasteth out all fear.