Conference Questions – Our Potential Part 8

(To view the previous posts for this question, start here: Our Potential Part 1)

God is a law and standards maker. As mentioned before, God our father gives us commandments and boundaries to keep us safe and happy. In Doctrine and Covenants 132:21 we read, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.” God has established the law and He must be just in upholding it. He sets consequences for following the laws, as well as disobeying them. Because He is perfectly just, He must follow through with the consequences, whether they be blessings for the good or punishments for the bad. The pattern of laws and consequences, is an eternal pattern. In Doctrine and Covenants 88, we learn this about the kingdoms that will be rewarded to people after this life. Verse 38 teaches us, “And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.” God is bound by laws Himself because they are eternal. To become like God, we must learn how to obey and create laws and standards in our own lives. We become more like Him, when we live His laws with exactness. We also work towards our potential when we set goals and then give ourselves standards to live by in order to attain them. When appropriate, we should set standards for others as well, as with the case of our children as mentioned previously.

Along the same line as being a just judge and a law maker, God is merciful. In Deuteronomy 4:31 we read, “(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” God is merciful because he loves us. He does not forget the things that he promises to us and He gives us every opportunity to return to Him. This is always the case, for all people in all times and seasons. However, His mercy can only be applied to us, if we allow Him into our lives. In Psalms 103:17 it says, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”. God must fulfill the laws, as said before, but in His mercy, created a plan where we could be forgiven and have the choice to return to be with Him. In Alma 42:15 we learn, “And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.” Jesus Christ went through the atonement so that we all could have the mercy of God shown to us. In order to gain this god-like quality in this life, and ultimately to become perfect at it in the eternities, we need to become more merciful towards others. The Savior taught this to us in Luke 6:36 which reads, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. When others do wrong to us, intended or not, we need to have greater compassion towards them. Learning how to be more forgiving even with the worst offenses against us. This can be extremely difficult at times, but there is such a great blessing of peace and happiness that comes from being a forgiving person. I often reflect on the way that others treated the Savior during his ministry. He was ridiculed, persecuted to the fullest, and many times others desired to kill him to the point of his actual death. What amazing forgiveness he extended, when He, knowing the thoughts and desires of all men, asked God to forgive us all. Knowing the hatred and intentions of those men who condemned Him, He bled and died for the salvation of their souls. That was a perfect act of mercy and if I can only become a small portion of that, I know I will be blessed beyond measure for it.

(Coming tomorrow: Conference Questions – Our Potential Part 9)

To view other questions in this series, go here: Conference Questions


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