Sunday, May 7, 2017

D&C 59:4 -- On Commandments as a Reward and Blessing

"And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with commandments not a few, and with revelations in their time—they that are faithful and diligent before me."
Doctrine and Covenants 59:4

This is talking about the faithful, and it says that they will get blessings, commandments, and revelations.  One of those is not like the others, or so it seems initially, right?  We don't usually look at commandments as rewards, but as restrictions.

I really love this idea that commandments are rewards and blessings for being faithful.  The section then proceeds to lay out (or bless us with) some commandments, and makes it clear that these are to help us keep "unspotted from the world" (verse 9).  This shows the purpose behind the commandments as well, that God is offering them to us based on love and concern rather than control.

Today, let's remember that commandments are blessings to our lives, designed to help us to be happier than we could ever learn to be without them.  Let's honor and thank our Father for making rules to live by that help us guide our lives and lead us to peace and safety.

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