Sunday, April 22, 2018

2 Nephi 1:7 -- On Cursings and Blessings

"Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever."
2 Nephi 1:7

When I read this today I was wondering how the land could be cursed for the sake of iniquity, but still be blessed unto the righteous forever.  Perhaps it is a similar idea to television or the internet or other technologies... they can be powerful forces both for good and for evil, depending on how they are used.  Are we watching conference or are we watching something inappropriate?  Things aren't always that black and white of course, and as individuals we draw different lines in our lives about how we use technology, hopefully including God in that decision.  I'm definitely not saying technology is evil, just that things can be both good and bad at the same time.

We know that "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28), and I assume that land is included in that.  And I think we all know from personal experience that things just don't go as well in our lives when we aren't including God.  Things aren't clicking the same way.  So, in a way, we bring upon ourselves a blessing or a cursing depending on whether we are including God in our lives or not.  The cursing might just be the absence of the blessing, but since we know what that blessing is like, it feels like a curse when it isn't there.

Today, let's be the righteous, and use tools and technology and land righteously.  Let's interact with others positively.  Let's use our freedom to work towards blessings and improvement rather than curses and stagnation.

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