Tuesday’s Torch 538
May 28, 2019
While thinking back on today and trying to decide what to share a couple thoughts came to mind. My children got into a few arguments and kids whether intentionally or accidentally will inflict pain on the other.
Other parents or anyone with experience around children can recognize a child who is truly sorry as opposed to one who is offering an apology simply because it is required of them. My kids feel genuine sorrow when they realize that what they did hurt the other.
The hope is always that after enough of these realizations that at least the intentional times will go away. That you will begin to see progress. A child who is not truly sorry will do the exact same thing the very next moment.
Who am I kidding though? That’s not something only relegated to children’s behaviors. Especially from a gospel standpoint. I found this verse: 1 John Chapter 2 states:
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”
Little children in the earthly sense who are considered well-behaved are those who listen to and obey their parents. The ones who listen and follow rules at home, school, church and wherever they may be. But children are growing and learning and need to be shown the way. Watching a child make progress is an amazing thing. Seeing the happiness as they receive praise for doing a good thing is fantastic. And seeing a child feel genuine remorse for an action shows that they are well on their way.
As to the scripture, is it only written to little children or is it written to all children of God? We are not immune to the same behaviors and pitfalls of little children. The things we do may have changed from the days where our mistakes were snatching a toy from our sister or brother. Hitting or kicking them when they make us mad. Talking back or using selective hearing and only doing the part of what you say that they want and ignoring the parts that they don’t feel like listening to right then.
Hmm. On second thought, that last bit describes many of us adults too. Especially when it comes to righteousness. It’s easy to do the things that we want to do or see as in line with our goals. It’s hard though to do things that don’t appear to offer the reward we seek. But even if we find ourselves caught in that, there’s a way out. A way to make progress. The Savior. And like the child who recognizes they’ve caused a sibling pain and offers a genuine apology we can do likewise as we realize one thing.
The Savior has felt the pain for all of our sins, weaknesses, shortcomings and he has even felt the pain and sorrow that we feel as consequences of our choices. So as we do the wrong thing, we cause him pain. A few weeks back I discussed how it was like those in the crowd shouting “crucify him” and that it could absolutely be us each time we choose to sin. Each time we choose to do what we want even if it goes contrary to God. I’ve been there. I never want to return. And if by my sounding the alarm in this torch or any other way can help someone else avoid that fall then I’ll shout it from the rooftop.
The scripture quoted earlier shows us what we will see in someone who truly knows and loves God. It will show us what we should strive to do if we love God. We will strive to keep the commandments. Like the child who wishes to make their parents proud and beams with a bright and happy smile when told “good job” or “I’m proud of you” we can feel that level of happiness and joy as we make decisions that show our Love for God and our desire to follow His commandments. Even when they are hard. Even when they aren’t what we want.
Before anyone thinks that I’m claiming I’ve got it all figured out, it is fitting that I record these devotionals on my phone with the screen facing me and showing a mirror image, I’m directing this topic as well as every other one at myself too. We all fall. We all need to do better. We all can do better, and the Savior Jesus Christ will help us, no matter how hard it seems.
I know that he will and I share these words and my heartfelt testimony that I absolutely know that God lives and loves us and that His Son Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and I do so in his name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.
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