Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Face the Future with Faith" -- Elder Russell M. Nelson

This is the paragraph that stood out most to me:

"Teach of faith to keep ALL the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they will choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps ALL of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith."

We have all seen this "cafeteria approach" in action, and many of us are using it ourselves. I know that often I subconsciously think: "I am not so good at doing this one thing, but it never miss a week going to the temple, so it is okay." What kind of logic is that? However, many people do use it. It is almost like thinking: "This one sin is not bad enough to condemn me. There is no way I will be thrust down to Hell because of one little bad habit amongst all my good habits."

That may or may not be true, but what is certain is that the sin will not go unnoticed. Heavenly Father sees and knows all and come judgment day, that bad habit will come back to haunt you.

However, there is hope. The Lord promises that as we repent of our sins, He will remember them no more. So it is not too late to abandon those pet sins that we love!

Nelson also promises that:

"[The Lord] will bless His obedient children with freedom from bondage and misery. And He will bless them with more light."

Are these blessings not more valuable than the sins we cannot shake? In fact, they are more valuable than anything else.

Let us place a new priority on keeping the commandments to a T and reap these eternal blessings.

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