Sunday, July 9, 2017

D&C 121:24-25 -- On Time, Mercy, and Swift Judgment

"Behold, mine eyes see and know all their works, and I have in reserve a swift judgment in the season thereof, for them all;
For there is a time appointed for every man, according as his works shall be."
Doctrine and Covenants 121:24-25

This is a good reminder and warning for us all, that God is very aware of the things that we do.  Although it is kind of intimidating and scary on one hand, it is also loving and compassionate in a very real way.  God would not warn us if he didn't love us.  You don't give second chances to people unless you want them to take them, and learn to change.  Our appointed times are there for a reason.

God says here that there will be a swift judgment, and then says "in the season thereof."  Those two things seem contradictory, and perhaps they are in a way, since the very nature of life places opposed, but balanced, influences in our lives in order to give us free agency.  Since we sin, our souls are subject to justice, which we deserve, but God offers us mercy through the atonement to save us from justice if we will repent.  In that context, swift, but delayed, justice makes sense.  God grants us time during our lives to repent and to change and choose differently... to become whoever we want to become, no matter who we are now.  And during any part of our lives before God's final judgment we can turn around and repent and change... but when our lives are over, and the world is judged, it will be swift and final.  We'll be judged based on who we have become.

Today, let's get started on the becoming. :)  Let's take advantage of the time that God has given us to change.  Let's repent of our sins and make sure that the judgment will be "pleasing" to us, rather than fearful (Jacob 6:13).

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