The apostle Paul describes us in the first epistle to the Corinthians the characteristics of the charity: "Charity is patient, charity is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self- seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs", 1 Corinthians 13:4.
In the gospels and in the first letters when Jesus and the evangelists teach about love, they use the term "charity" or "agape love". This is so because love is a genre.
The first texts of the bible were written in greek, in ancient greek every form of love was designated by its own name: eros, philia, agape. Eros is the love mixed with the passion and the lust of the flesh. Philia is the love mixed with the virtue, philia is the love of the soul, the love that arises from the pleasure of seeing ourselves reflected in the others.
Agape is the love of the spirit, the love mixed with the nature of the good, the love that is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Agape is the love that is projected to God and the neighbor, it's the opposite of self-love. Agape is progressive, uplifting, constructive, this is why this love is patient, kind, it does not envy.
King Solomon explain to us how to receive this form of love, in his Gnosis secret, the spiritual alchemy:
"At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you".
Solomon answered: So give your servant a heart that knows how to listen, to judge your people, and to discern between good and evil...
So God said to him:..I will give you a wise and understanding heart". 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, 1 Kings 3:5-12
God transmit his essence to Solomon and therefore his perfect love. Agape is the love that knows how to listen, it is the love mixed with the wisdom, the understanding and the good discernment. That's why Jesus tells us about the hidden treasure: "The kingdom of heaven (the gift of charity) is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field" Matthew 13:44
God calls us to be spiritual men to know the mysteries of the wisdom and the universe.
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