Thursday, August 18, 2016

D&C 88:123 -- On Imparting to One Another in Love

"See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires."
Doctrine and Covenants 88:123

This is one of several verses in this section that give some awesome advice.  I chose this one today because I think this is one that is really hard for us.  It's hard not to want what someone else has.  It's often hard to give what we have to others.  And it is definitely difficult to love people sometimes.  We often do fairly well with our favorites, but what about all the rest?  How are we ever going to become a Zion people if we can't start living this principle for everyone, and not just our best friends?  We either have to make everyone our best friends, which might also be a good option, or we have to start loving our enemies, as Christ asked.

It's a tough one, because what about those people?... yeah *those* ones. :) If we have a group of people that we think of in this context, we probably need to work on this principle.  God asks us to love everyone, regardless of political stance, religion, or sexual preference.  He asks it regardless of race or immigration status.  He asks it regardless of sin or disability or wealth or laziness.  Even lawyers and telemarketers, and our superiors at work.

Today, let's work on loving more and coveting less.  Let's work on being generous to others, not just in financial ways, though that is important, but in giving our time, attention, and help to others in whatever ways that we can assist them.  Let's work on learning to be happy for others rather than jealous of their success.  As we do, God will bless us with more capacity to love than we now have, and we'll find happiness in relationships we never knew were possible, as we slowly become closer to the Zion people that God asks us to be.

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