Wednesday, June 3, 2015

D&C 18:10-13 -- On Rejoicing with God

"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.
And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.
And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!"
Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-13

In the Book of Mormon King Benjamin and others counsel us to remember that we are less than the dust of the earth, which is true in terms of obedience, and a good thing to remember humility-wise.  But this is also true.  We are worth a great deal to God.  Christ suffered our pain so that we could have a chance to repent.  He saved us from a hopeless state, since this is something that we couldn't do for ourselves.  And he was resurrected, opening the way for us to be resurrected as well.
I really like the joy part... that God not only values our souls as a group, kind of generically, but that he has great joy in each of us individually when we accept his gift, and take that chance he has given us to repent and change and become better.  He's happy for me, for you.  He notices us and loves us individually.  He knows what it is like for each of us, because he went through it for us and actually felt every pain that we feel.
So many things to be thankful for, but most of all, for God, who saves us from death, and gives us a chance to repent and save ourselves from suffering as well, if we accept the gift of his atonement and take that chance to repent and change.  It's kind of like a get-out-of-jail-free card.  If we have screwed up our lives (and we all do sometimes), we can go to God and repent, and change, and become the person we want to be ... still, even after being the person we don't want to be for a long time.  It's the biggest gift that anyone has ever given anyone else.  Let's take advantage of this opportunity, and get in there and change.  Let's become who we want to be and even more than that... who God knows we can be, which is always better than our dreams. :)  Let's not forget dust and humility, but let's also remember that our souls are valuable to God, how much he loves us, and how much he wants to rejoice with us as we change and become new and shiny and brighter than we ever have been, with his help.

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