Monday, July 29, 2013

Alma 42:30

"O my son, I desire that ye should deny the justice of God no more. Do not endeavor to excuse yourself in the least point because of your sins, by denying the justice of God; but do you let the justice of God, and his mercy, and his long-suffering have full sway in your heart; and let it bring you down to the dust in humility."
Alma 42:30

I think that we do this.  We try to excuse ourselves because of one thing or the other... try to blame things on others, our circumstances, or whatever it is.  Instead, what would happen if we just gave up all excuses... valid or not... and just tried to solve the problem, or at least our part in it.  Our reactions, our mistakes, our sins.  I love that God doesn't want us to excuse ourselves, but at the same time we are reminded of his mercy and long-suffering.  No matter what we've done, we can still talk to God about it, turn around, and change.  We don't have to continue on that path we've set ourselves.  We can always return to God.  Not only does he offer a way back, through humility and repentance, but he blesses us with the power to accomplish that change in our lives.  Sometimes it seems impossible, but with God it never, ever is.  Today, let's let these things have full sway in our hearts. :)  And even if it brings us to the dust as we remember our mistakes, let's remember that God is our way out of the mess.  Let's be humble enough to turn to him, and trust him to help us change our hearts, and minds, and actions.

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