Thursday, November 13, 2014

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 -- On Overcoming Division

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"
1 Corinthians 3:1-3

This is an interesting reminder that we still have a lot to learn in the Gospel.  No matter how often we have read the scriptures, or whether we always have the right answers in Sunday School, Paul points out very clearly here that if we were ready for the more advanced parts of the gospel, there wouldn't be any envy, strife, or division among us... and which of us can say that?  It's a long road building a Zion society, and we need to learn to overcome those feelings before we will be ready for the "meat" of the gospel.
In some ways, this can seem discouraging, that we haven't progressed further.  But I think that as long as we are working on these things, and we keep apologizing when we make mistakes, and keep repenting, that we are moving forward and not backward.  As a society, Christ judged us ready to move beyond the Law of Moses, and if we keep working at it, eventually we'll be ready as a people for further progression.  And that is part of the challenge, right?  We have to get there together, not in competition. :)  Today, let's work on letting go of envy, strife, and division, and do everything we can to promote goodness and unity.

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