– Dieter F. Uchtdorf counsels us that when it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm—stop it!
We are all brothers and sisters. I imagine that every person on earth has been affected in some way by the destructive spirit of contention, resentment and revenge. The spirit of envy and hatred has led to some of the most tragic stories in history. Perhaps there are even times when we recognize this spirit in ourselves.
(Text message notification) We are not perfect. The people around us are not perfect. Jess! Jess, come on! Mom needs the car! People do things that annoy, disappoint, and anger. Tho we cannot look into another’s heart, we assume that we know a bad motive or even a bad person when we see one. This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-work sermon. When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: stop it! Jessica! Hey, why didn’t you call me? What a loser. Hey, hurry up! Get in the car! Where were you?
(Text message notification) You okay? I’m fine. Whatever, well we got a youth activity tonight at the old folks home in like 30 minutes. Me and my friends are going to go if you want to come?
(Text message notification) Mom we’re home! Hey kids! Just leave the keys on the counter. I will be down in just a second. Have fun at your activity! Alright, well i’m going to start walking. Are you coming? No. I have homework. Alright, well don’t drink all the juice! What? are you cheating? You have a wildcard up your sleeve. Hey, are you the one who made that picture of Melissa? What picture? You made her cry in biology today. Look um, I was just joking around, so people need to stop taking things so seriously. Jessica? Thanks for drinking all the juice! Jess!
(Text message notification) Jess! Jessica! Jess! (Hears sniffling outside) Hey! You okay? I looked at your phone. Who wrote that? Who cares. They’re right. No, no Jess. Come here. No they’re not. They don’t know who you really are. Jess, they’re just kidding around. You are just like them, especially at school. Haven’t we all at one time or another meekly approached the mercy seat and pleaded for Grace. Haven’t we’ve wished with all the energy of our souls for mercy to be forgiven for the mistakes we have made and the sins we have committed.
Forgiving ourselves and others is not easy. In fact for most of us it requires a major change in our attitude and way of thinking even a change of heart. Consider the following questions as a self-test. Do you harbor grudge against someone else? Do you gossip even when what you say may be true? Do you exclude, push away, or punish others because of something they have done? Do you secretly envy another? Do you wish to cause harm to someone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to apply the two-work sermon from earlier: Stop it! There’s enough heartache and sorrow in this life without our adding to it through our own stubbornness, bitterness, and resentment.
(Text message notification) This mighty change of heart is exactly what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is designed to bring about. I’m truly, truly sorry. Let us be kind, let us forgive, let us talk peacefully with each other, let us do good unto all men.
Allowing us to see others the way our Heavenly Father sees us, as flawed and imperfect mortals, who have potential and worth far beyond our capacity to imagine. Because God loves us so much, we too must love and forgive. Remember, in the end it is the merciful who obtain mercy.
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