Sunday, July 26, 2015

D&C 122:8 -- On Pain and Hope

"The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?"
Doctrine and Covenants 122:8

This is an interesting question posed to Joseph Smith, who was going through a lot of persecution.  He'd been put in jail on false charges, the people that he was supposed to watch over were being mistreated in some very severe ways by the mob, etc.  It wasn't just whining, for sure.  And God, over the course of many verses, reminds him that he knows what he is doing, that he is in charge, that the things we suffer through in life are temporary, and that God will keep his promises.  This particular verse struck me because I think it is something to remember.  Christ knows exactly how much it hurts, because he suffered our pain.  In fact, he suffered more pain than any of us can suffer... and individually he accepted the pain of each of us so that we wouldn't have to suffer it if we repent.  So, he took more of our pain than we even actually feel.  So, when we think that we are at a low point, and we can't take anymore, let's remember Christ.  He took more, and he was at a lower point than we ever are.  And because he did that for us, we are saved from so much more than we can imagine.   And he'll help us with this too, if we let him.
Let's be thankful for Christ's atonement, and let's remember that through Christ, there is always hope.  Let's accept God's help in our daily lives, and not give up.  Things are never as black as they seem. 

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