Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mosiah 4:13

"And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due."
Mosiah 4:13

King Benjamin is one of my heroes, seriously. What an amazing leader. This whole chapter is jam-packed with goodness, but this stood out to me today... I think because what he is saying here seems so amazing to me. Never wanting to injure another person--I'm guessing this is a lot more than physical harm, but never wanting to hurt anyone emotionally or wanting to "get back" at them for a political move as well. And that's everyone... people in jail. People who exert unjust authority over you. People in other countries, or people who are breaking laws. People you are mad at. :) ... Not wanting to injure anyone, in any way. I really love that. And to give everyone what he deserves... I'm guessing in a positive way, since the first part already kind of obviates the argument for anyone deserving "a knuckle sandwich" or anything bad. :) The whole idea of really at the core *wanting* to live in peace, and have everyone get a fair shake, instead of the more common just wanting the scales of injustice to tip in our favor... that's pretty cool, and seems so far away as a society sometimes. Today, let's work on the goal of living peaceably. Let's remember God, talk to him, and really look at other people as our brothers and sisters. Would we act the same towards other people if they were family?
They are.

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