Sunday, February 14, 2016

4 Nephi 1:15-16 -- On the Love of God

"And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God."
4 Nephi 1:15-16

These verses illustrate the real, permanent change that can happen if we truly love other people... not just the ones close to us, but everyone.  Nothing bad went on *because* of that love of God that people had invited into their hearts.  We're obviously not there as a society, as these people were, but we can get closer individually, and as we learn to love, we influence the people around us and make it easier for them to learn the same things as well.  Today, let's pray for God's love, and work on applying it to everyone, everywhere.  Let's try to see things from other people's perspectives, and truly work on understanding and loving the people we come into contact with, and even the people we don't.  When we find ourselves criticizing others... anyone, anywhere, let's stop and take a minute to try to understand them better.  A moment to try to learn to love, even people vastly different from ourselves.  As we get better at it, we'll start building the kind of society that it talks about in these verses.  One where there is no envying or strife, and one that is filled with love.

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