Monday, January 22, 2001

Matthew 5:19

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 5:19

This scripture illustrates how important other people are in our lives, and in our journey back to God.  Sometimes we think that we are okay screwing up our own lives, because they are ours, after all... but perhaps unfortunately, we are never that isolated.  sins have consequences, and they _always_ touch other people... if only in our demeanor and our attitude.  we affect the lives of the people around us, however unintentionally... and we teach other people in everything that we do.  Even if we haven't reached a level of maturity where we can be concerned with our own souls... we *need* to be concerned with the precious souls of the people around us.  We are never hurting only ourselves, even with the least of sins.  Lastly... no matter how we try sometimes, we end up hurting other people... so, like the sons of Mosiah, we need to strive to repair the damage... to heal where we have hurt... to correct our false teachings.  Sometimes admitting that we were wrong is the hardest thing to do... but it is also the only way to correct our mistakes.  From there, we have a clean foundation for rebuilding confidence and obedience.  We can go from least to greatest, by our actions and examples.

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