Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2 Nephi 21:4

"But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked."
2 Nephi 21:4

The phrase "reprove with equity" struck me today. I think that is cool. We all need to be reproved sometimes, and need to reprove others... but how often is it done with equity? Hardly ever, I think. As kids, we might get yelled at for something that is completely unfair or that we didn't do... and although it does get a little better as we grow up, it still happens frequently (especially for call center employees I would say). We have a hard time seeing the whole picture. We're biased by so many things, and we tend to reprove people we love very differently than people we don't know, or that we have no particular affection for. We tend to just lash out at anything and anyone when we're frustrated. This verse might seem harsh on the outside, but the amazing chewy center is that God is doing it all with perfect equity. With righteousness and understanding and love. With God, we're never reproved for something unfairly, but on the other hand, we never get away with things that we shouldn't. God gives us another chance, but a chance to do better, not a free pass to go screw up again. And in the end, we will be judged by what we are choosing, and who we have become. Today, let's work on improving ourselves and the way we treat the people around us (including call center employees). :)

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