Sunday, June 7, 2015

D&C 59:3-4 -- On the Blessing of Commandments

"Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.
And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with commandments not a few, and with revelations in their time—they that are faithful and diligent before me."
Doctrine and Covenants 59:3-4

I like that these verses are talking about rewards and blessings and "commandments not a few" are mentioned. :)  We don't usually think of commandments as blessings or rewards, but I really like the idea that they are.  Really, where would we be without God's help, giving us commandments and helping us know what things we can do to be happier, not only in this life, but for eternity.  Really, following them gives us so much more freedom in the long term than they restrict.  It's when we sin that we are trapped and limited in progress, and when we obey that zillions of possibilities open up.
Today, let's remember what a great blessing commandments are.  Let's give them a try, and see that living them makes everything better.  And, as always, let's be thankful to God, who made all of this possible, and who loves us beyond our current comprehension.  He loves us in a good, mature, healthy way--not agreeing with everything we say, or protecting us from consequences when we screw up, or going along with our really bad ideas, but doing everything possible to help us learn and become better, happier, and more content and loving people.  Let's go to him in prayer and find out who we can be.  :)

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