Monday, November 28, 2016

Moroni 10:6-7 -- On Defining and Finding the Good

"And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.
And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever."
Moroni 10:6-7

I was reading this today, and since these verses are stuck in between some other groups of verses that are often quoted and much more well-known, I don't think that I had ever really focused on them before, and I realized what a mistake that was. :)

The first verse here explains to us a little bit about goodness.  We talk about good and bad all the time, but we mostly just go with our gut feelings on that, which might be why it is so easy to "call evil good, and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20) in our society.  Here are some good guidelines that can help us avoid the evil, and perhaps even some self-justification.  We learn that good things are always just, true, and compatible with a belief in Christ.  Important points.

The second verse reminds us that we can know that Christ exists by the power of the Holy Ghost, and it kind of tells us to stop complaining until we figure that out, right?  If we have a way to know, then we shouldn't deny God's power without putting forth the effort of finding out if it is real.  I also like the idea here that God is consistent.  He hasn't stopped being powerful or using power and hasn't stopped doing miracles and working with us according to our faith.

Today, let's remember that goodness is made up of things like truth, justice, and faith in Jesus Christ.  Let's look for the good in the world around us, and find it within us, as we commune with God and learn from him how to be good, and to spread good in the world.

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