Wednesday, July 12, 2000
"And the remission of sins bringeth meekness and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all saints shall dwell with God."
This kind of goes along with what we were talking about yesterday... and is chock full of other great stuff as well. :) Yesterday we were talking about being filled with love, and here it talks about that again... but this time hope AND perfect love. :) Pretty cool. And it talks again about praying for it, and that's how it stays with you... but it gives us some other hints for how to gain this fullness in our lives. It talks about the remission of sins... and that repenting brings meekness and lowliness of heart, and because of that, the Holy Ghost comes. I thought that was interesting. I think that the remission of sins is part of that purifying step, where we are trying to get the bad out of ourselves... and really, how can you be *filled* with light and good, if you don't get the dark and bad stuff out? And then, I think that meekness and lowliness of heart come after that because when we repent, we are actually thinking about our relationship with God, and that recognizing the distance between us is a humbling thing... and so, we do our part to bridge that gap... and the Holy Ghost steps in and does the rest. When we are ready to accept help... when we are meek... then we get it. And prayer is one of those things too, that helps us keep that awareness of the distance... the vast amount of lessons we need to learn before we can become like God. And it isn't a bad thing to know how cool God is, and how far we have to go... as long as we are open for some help. And as soon as we are open to it, actively desiring it... then we are filled. with hope... and love... and power and light, and everything else we need to continue on our way to becoming the incredible beings that we can be. At the end of the scripture we also get a little taste of heaven too... it says that love endures by faith until all of us dwell with God... presumably because when we hang out with him every day communication will be pretty natural. :) and we'll have that hope and love constantly... consistently. and, since we know what feeling empty is like, here... won't that be a sweet place to be. :)