But, those same kind acts--when performed in the name of Christ--are salvific, evidencing the two-edged sword of charity that blesses the giver and the recipient with God's love.
In Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," Portia spoke of charity using these words:
The quality of [charity] is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,
But [charity] is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute to God himself.
...uphold and purify our human ability to love, and raise it to the supernatural perfection of divine love...[and]...give to the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of him who "first loved us."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1827-1828
If I . . . have not charity," says the Apostle, "I am nothing." Whatever my privilege, service, or even virtue, if I . . . have not charity, I gain nothing. (1 Cor 13:1-4)