Friday, October 28, 2011

Doctrine and Covenants 105:38-40

"And again I say unto you, sue for peace, not only to the people that have smitten you, but also to all people;
And lift up an ensign of peace, and make a proclamation of peace unto the ends of the earth;
And make proposals for peace unto those who have smitten you, according to the voice of the Spirit which is in you, and all things shall work together for your good."
Doctrine and Covenants 105:38-40

I love this. It is so easy to become contentious in this life and want to fight back or prove that we're in the right, or show the injustice in what is going on. But even here, when several groups were harming people, and many others had threatened to, God asked them to seek peace. We might not have people threatening to murder us or burn down our homes (hopefully), but sometimes it is still hard to hear God's message of peace to all people. There's usually at least one person that we don't particularly want to be at peace with. And so it is cool to hear God's message and kind of his vision of the way the world should be. Peace everywhere. I love the idea of us being at peace with the whole earth, and being able to visit with or talk with anyone without accusations or bad feelings just because of where we were born. ... I also love the last verse here. Basically... work for peace even with people who haven't chosen to work that way with us, and if we listen to the Spirit and work towards that peace, ALL things will work together for our good. What an amazing promise. Today, let's try to take hold of this promise and make it work in our lives. Let's choose peace over contention and offer peace to everyone across the whole earth.

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