Monday, December 30, 2002

3 Nephi 5:4

"And now it came to pass that when they had taken all the robbers prisoners, insomuch that none did escape who were not slain, they did cast their prisoners into prison, and did cause the word of God to be preached unto them; and as many as would repent of their sins and enter into a covenant that they would murder no more were set at liberty."
3 Nephi 5:4

This is really fascinating.  You have a giant group of people who have been trying to destroy your entire government and way of life, and instead of executing them as traitors or using prison as a punishment, they preached to them.  Sharing the truth, and if they would accept it and give up being bad, they let them go. :)  Amazing... amazing solution, and amazing trust.  I really like it, because this is what God does for us.  Even though we all have had a bad influence on other people, and even though we hurt each other, instead of whisking us off the face of the earth for the hardships and sorrow we have caused, God cares about our souls, and encourages us to repent instead.  And as soon as we promise not to do it anymore, we are free to try again.  God loves and trusts us so much, and wants us to succeed.  As we learn and grow, he gives us more light, little by little, as we can handle it.  He treats us individually, matching our trials to our abilities, as well as matching our revelations and blessings to our abilities.  Today, let's take advantage of that individual attention and love and do all that we can to try again.  Let's get out of the prison and work for our salvation. :)

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