Monday, July 8, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 50:23

"And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness."
Doctrine and Covenants 50:23

I like the idea that God is only about lifting up, about making better... teaching, helping.  All the things that we encounter in this life that are about tearing down and that cloud our minds... those aren't from God.  I think that is a good way to tell what is good and bad in daily life.  Is it clear, it is uplifting?  Or is it harmful and something we feel like we have to hide from others?  Moroni 7:15-17 tells us that things which persuade us to do good are of God and things that persuade us to do evil are of the devil.
I think this is something we should ponder.  If the way to judge is as clear as it tells us in Moroni 7 (as the daylight is from the dark night), then why do we still participate in evil?  Why do we do things that are not uplifting to others?  Do we get caught up in the emotion, or in the cycle of justification?  Are we feeling too much pride, and stepping on someone else salves our ego?  Let's try to figure it out so that we can try not to get caught in those traps again.
Today, let's work on being like God.  Let's only do things that edify... that lift up, and not tear down.  That support and don't repudiate.  Let's teach, and lift, and help, and serve.

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