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The Great Commandment

18 November 2007

I read this today, and it touched me, so I thought I’d share it:

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation.  It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities.

The means of this refinement is our Christlike love.  There is no pain it cannot soften, no bitterness it cannot remove, no hatred it cannot alter. . . The greater the measure of our love, the greater is our joy.  In the end, the development of such love is the true measure of success in life.

Do you love the Lord?

Spend time with Him.  Meditate on His words.  Take His yoke upon you.  Seek to understand and obey, because “this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.” (1 John 5:3) Whe nwe love the Lord, obedience ceases to be a burden.  Obedience becomes a delight.  When we love the Lord, we seek less for things that benefit us and turn our hearts toward things that will bless and uplift others.–Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

I’m not very good at practicing this advice, to be honest.  It’s something I struggle with in many ways, but the more I try to live in love for God, the happier I am, and the more meaningful my relationships with my family.  The more I try to practice love for God, and Love for my neighbor, the easier it is to maintain peace and happiness in my life, and avoid frustration and anger.

It’s amazing to me that the thing that God requires of us more than any other thing, loving Him, is also the source of some of the greatest gifts He gives to us.

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