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25 Days of Christ – Day 11


Yesterday we began looking at how exactly we can follow Christ’s example, and discussed keeping the greatest commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”  Matthew 22:37.

Today we’ll talk about the second part of that teaching, “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  Matthew 22:39.

Why would Christ want us to love each other?

How do you treat someone you love?  How do you feel towards them?  When we remember that we love someone, we treat them kindly, even graciously.  We set aside the stray thoughts that enter our minds distracting us from our love for them.  We consciously seek to think of ways to show them our love and to do things to make them happy.

At first it’s easy to focus on the things we like about that person.  We feel happy and grateful to have them in our lives.  Then little by little we start noticing little annoyances.  Instead of instantly throwing those stray thoughts out of our minds and concentrating on how much we love them, we give that thought a second thought.  And if we are not careful, we all-too-soon find ourselves concentrating on entirely the wrong thing and become extremely upset about it!

And of course, we feel totally justified.  🙂

In our day especially there are so many things that clamor for our time and attention!  There are so many things to buy, places to see, things to do, goals to attain to, and so little time, money, and energy.  It is very easy to get caught up in these diversions and let them get the better of us!

So what did Christ do in the same type of situation?  How did He keep from letting life’s diversions become overwhelming?

Let’s go to John 4.  Jesus had traveled through Samaria on His way to Galilee.  While there, being weary, He stopped at Jacob’s well to rest.  When a woman came to the well, He took the opportunity to engage her by asking her for a drink.  It would have been easy enough to ignore her (after all, the Jews usually had nothing to do with the Samaritans) or to lecture her (He knew her life and the choices she’d made).  But He decided to reach out to her so He could bless her.

In verse 9 she replied, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?”  Instead of simply granting His request, she questioned Him.  Christ, refusing to take offense at her reaction, answered her.  She then argued with Him, on every point He brought up.

Rather than becoming angry, giving up on the whole idea, or any of the myriad of reactions He could have had in this situation, Christ remembered His love for this daughter of God.  He calmly continued guiding her until she realized who He was and what He was offering her, at which time she believed in Him and ran to tell others.

When we love one another as Christ did, we are following His example and we become more patient, understanding, and loving.  This enriches us by giving us better relationships.  We feel closer to God and Christ, and we become more Christ-like.

It also blesses those around us!  When they feel loved, they don’t feel they have to constantly defend themselves.  They calm down.  And God can more easily reach them to bless their lives and help them learn and grow.

And suddenly there is peace on earth.

25 Days of Christ – Day 8


Christ came to the earth to show us the right way to live.  He is also our mediator, bridging the gap between Heavenly Father and His children.  As the mediator, Christ pays the price that we are not able to pay so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.

We’ve learned that, because of sin and weakness, we cannot return to live with our Father in Heaven, as no unclean thing can dwell with God.  We can not buy our way into heaven.  And we can not pay for our own sins.  We needed someone to make up the difference for us between what we can do and what is left to do.  “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5.

Christ did this for everyone.  In the Garden of Gethsemane He suffered for the sins of all people!  He has already paid the price for our sins.  What we do to accept that gift is to repent of our sins and try to live as Christ lived.

He did this because of His great love for us.  He loves you so much that, if you were the only person in the world, I believe He would still have gone through the atonement for just you.  🙂

 

25 Days of Christ – Day 7


You now know about God’s great Plan of Happiness for all of us, His children.

But why did Christ have to suffer and die for us?  Can’t we just work out our own salvation, or perhaps just pay our way into heaven?

Great questions!

In the pre-existence, when everyone lived with Heavenly Father as His spirit children, He knew that when we came to the earth we would make mistakes.  And when we make mistakes or sin we are no longer clean and cannot go where He is.  “And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.”  Alma 11:37.

Heavenly Father wanted us to return to Him and He knew that we would not always choose the right.  So He made a provision for His children whereby they could be redeemed if they wanted to.  He set up a Savior who would pay for our sins, and He taught the principle of repentance.  Christ taught, “And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.”  3 Nephi 27:19.

And what about buying our way into heaven?  “He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion” 2 Nephi 26:29.

Christ came to earth and lived a perfect life.  Thus He was sinless and could atone for our sins.  We accept His atonement when we repent of our sins and become washed clean “in [Christ’s] blood”.

 

 

25 Days of Christ – Day 3


Yesterday we talked about Christ being the Light that we follow to have true happiness, and to return to God.

In the New Testament, John also points out, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

What does he mean by “light shineth”, and how can darkness comprehend not?  Is darkness simply a state without light, or is John referring to darkness as being an entity or rather group of entities?

Abraham 3:27-28 adds: “And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.”

Revelation 12:7-9 provides further enlightenment:  “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

From these scriptures we learn:

  • Christ (the Word) was with God in the beginning
  • Many others were also there with God and Christ – in fact, everyone was there as we are all children of God
  • God planned to create a place for His children where they could progress
  • Christ offered to show us the way to live
  • Satan rebelled against God and Christ
  • Satan and those who followed him were cast out of Their presence

Jesus Christ was chosen by Heavenly Father to be our example.  We can look to that example when we are unsure what to do, or don’t know where to turn.  We are not left to wander alone.  Christ’s light dispels the darkness, enlightening and strengthening us so we can make progress while living here on the earth.

25 Days of Christ – Day 2


“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:4-5.

What is this light?  It can’t be the light we see in the sun, the moon, and the stars because they were not created until the 4th day!  Therefore the light that is talked of “in the beginning” had absolutely nothing to do with the light we see with our temporal eyes.

Did the writers of Genesis get this out of order?  Were translations throughout the ages done incorrectly?

Let’s look a little deeper.

In John 9:5 Christ explains, “I am the light.”

These scriptures teach us some important things:

  • God was there in the beginning
  • Christ was also there in the beginning
  • Christ is the light

Why is Christ the light?  What do we need light for?

Light shows us the way through the darkness.  Jesus Christ came to earth to show us the way to live to be happy and to return to God.  But there is something to consider.

What happens if a light is shining in front of you, and you start walking off to the side?  Is that light doing you any good?

It works the same way with the light of Christ.  To benefit from His light and return to our Heavenly Father we must follow Christ’s example.  It is when we do the things He did, and live His teachings, that we find true joy.

Christ is the light.  🙂

P.S. Thanks to Beloved hubby for his help on today’s blog!

25 Days of Christ – Day 1


It’s December 1st, and Christmas is 25 days away.  As I thought about that coming in to work this morning, inspiration hit:  Blog the 25 days of Christ!

I love it.  Afterall, Christ is what Christmas is all about.

Let’s start with who Christ is.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  John 3:16 explains, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This scripture tells us a lot!

  • God loves everyone.
  • Because God loves us, He gave us His Son.
  • Christ is God’s only begotten Son.
  • Those who believe in Christ will not be lost forever.
  • Through Christ we can have everlasting life.

God, or our Heavenly Father, has given us the greatest gift that could be given.  Christ is the gift we celebrate at Christmas!

I Love The Temple!


Last night beloved hubby and I went to the Denver Temple.

I love the temple!

You don’t even have to go inside to feel that the temple is a special place.  As a matter of fact, we love going there on Christmas night and stand there outside the gate looking in at the temple, all lit up in the darkness.  It is a beautiful sight.

And we talk about how standing out there is like being in the Telestial Kingdom.  And that inside the gate is like the Terrestial Kingdom.  But inside the temple is like the Celestial Kingdom where God and Christ are.  How wonderful it would be to be there with Them!

Going inside the temple brings an almost unspeakable feeling of joy, and love, and peace.  When you leave your worries and cares outside its doors, you free up your heart to feel the Spirit of God and open yourself up to receiving inspiration from your kind, loving Father in Heaven.  You can receive answers to questions or issues that concern you.  You feel drawn to new heights of gratitude for the Lord and His blessings.

You see your life from a new perspective – not just the here and now, but the before and after of life too.  You realize life has possibilities unimagined, and you want to experience all of it!  And you know you can.  You become a kinder, gentler person, more understanding of others and the frailties we all have in life.  And you are enveloped in deep feelings of great love – God’s love for you, your love for your family, and even love for all mankind.  It is a sublime and exulted state of being, and you find yourself hesitating to leave, and longing to return soon.

It is the most wonderful place on earth!