Friday, December 23, 2016

Alma 24:18 -- On Action and Attitude

"And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands."
Alma 24:18

This is an excerpt from a great story about a whole group of people who converted to the gospel and were absolutely sincere and committed to changing their lives.  Because they had been the instigators of many wars in the past, they worried about the blood on their hands, and so they vowed never to take up arms again.  I like that in this verse it talks about it going beyond that though... not just action in stopping the murder and harm that they were doing, but in attitude as well: truly understanding why they were changing, and doing it out of love rather than fear.

This might be something to aspire to... to have repentance and change in our lives that is this sincere, we have to really dedicate ourselves to real improvements, not just in action, but in thought and attitude and perspective.  To give to others, to love others, to protect others, to work and learn and grow.  We need to be open to learning to see as God sees, and to loving as he loves.  Today, let's stand firm in our decision to follow God, and be sincere and dedicated to our desire to improve further.

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