Then spake Jesus saying, "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

Thursday, September 18, 2014

August 18- The word Obedience, like the word Repentance

Both of these words used to kinda bother me. Hearing about obedience made me feel mildly claustrophobic, and hearing about repentance made me feel sad.
Well here is a quote about repentance

Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life.Pretending there is no sin does not lessen its burden and pain. Sufferingfor sin does not by itself change anything for the better. Only repentanceleads to the sunlit uplands of a better life.  Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson

And for obedience, I am going to share my own wise words haha. I want to write about obedience because the Church focuses a lot of obedience, and sometimes we don’t understand why.

Commandments are advice from Someone who wants to help us be happy, and literally knows everything, so they are the biggest blessings ever. Imagine if we didn´t have them… Or if we had commandments from someone who wanted us to be happy, but didn´t know everything... Or if we had commandments from someone who knows everything, but who uses us for his benefit.

We are so lucky that even though we live in a world that can be confusing, we have a perfect map so that we don´t get lost spiritually. In order to have that map, we have to go to church, read the scriptures, pray, fast, get baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and go through the temple. If we don´t do these things we won´t know the commandments (have the map) and we´ll be left to our own wisdom. Which is so sad when we have the opportunity to be led by God. I know that obedience is the way to happiness in this life and the life to come, everyone, and that´s why we talk about it so much in the church. 

It also:
  • Shows you trust God
  • Shows you love God
  • Brings you closer to Him and helps you get to know Him
  • Gives Him excuses to bless you (He´s always looking for excuses to bless you)
  • Lets you figure out if what people tell you is true (John 7:17)
  • Makes you more sensitive to the Spirit
  • Helps you see your divine potential

Obedience is a character trait of people who trust God more than themselves.

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