Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Alma 34:16 -- On Arms of Safety and Spiritual Exercise

"And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption."
Alma 34:16

This chapter is talking about the atonement, and the explanation of how mercy can satisfy justice here is an interesting one.  I love the idea of Christ saving us from justice with his "arms of safety" -- giving us the chance to grow and change rather than being condemned forever for our mistakes.

I also really like the phrase "faith unto repentance" and how it is talked about as exercise.  Like physical exercise, I think that spirituality requires us to take action so that our spiritual "muscles" don't atrophy and shrink, eventually becoming useless.  That chance that Christ gives us won't do us any good if we remain as we are.  Faith is belief that compels us to action.  We need to change ourselves, taking advantage of the opportunity that God has given us to repent, and keep working at becoming better.

Today, let's be comforted by Christ's arms of safety, and let's do something with the chance he has given us to repent and change.  Let's exercise our spiritual muscles everyday, becoming stronger and stronger in our faith, and having a better and better relationship with God.

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