Friday, August 1, 2014

3 Nephi 11:11 -- On Suffering and Learning

"And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning."
3 Nephi 11:11

This was a good reminder for me today that Christ "suffered" too.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up with our own disappointments and tragedies that we don't remember that, like Christ, we have he ability to choose.  Christ chose to suffer.  He chose to do our Father's will.  ... We get the same choice.  We all learn step by step, according to our understanding and our capacity for obedience.  Christ probably learned faster and had a greater capacity, but we can learn the same things and do our Father's will to the limit of our capacity.  God gave us life so we can learn and become more like him.  Too often, we waste our daily opportunities feeling sorry for ourselves.  Instead, let's accept the suffering and the growth that goes along with it, and become that much better and more perfect.  ... All this not to say that life is all about suffering.  It isn't, but as we obey and suffer a little, we also increase our capacity for joy, and satisfaction with our lives.  Let's follow in Christ's steps today, and learn all we can.

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