Wednesday, February 10, 2016

D&C 136:42 -- On the Inner Rebellious Child

"Be diligent in keeping all my commandments, lest judgments come upon you, and your faith fail you, and your enemies triumph over you. So no more at present. Amen and Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 136:42

I know that scriptures like this can sometimes seem like threats or scare tactics when we read them with a touch of cynicism.  I've done it.  Maybe we all have.  But today I was reading this and thinking... that sounds just like a parent, doesn't it?  They tell us the bad things that could happen, not as threats, but so that we will listen, and not play in the street, or with the stove, or with the cleaning supplies.  And God, here, isn't trying to scare us.  He's just pleading with us to be careful.  Keeping his commandments is what keeps us safe, and he doesn't want us to have to go through more hardship than is already necessary in order to grow up.  Today, let's try to overcome our inner rebellious child, and listen. :)

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