Today I gave a talk in my church’s sacrament meeting. In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we don’t have a preacher/minister who gives sermons on Sundays. Instead 2-3 lay members of the congregation (like me) are asked to give talks or speeches to our congregation every Sunday instead. I would like to share the talk I gave, with you. Please keep in mind it was written with the intent to be read, so inflection and emphasis were added into the text. It was also written with a Latter-day Saint audience in mind. This means the KJV of the Bible was used, the Book of Mormon (when I talk about Nephites) is referred to, as well as a quote from a Latter-day Saint leader, President Uchtdorf used.
Please share your thought with me about how you feel about Jesus Christ and his love. I desperately need more of the love of Christ in my life, and I bet you could use more too. Thanks for reading (and Bravo! to you if you do read the whole thing).
And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. (4 Nephi 1: 15)
We must recognize that we are all imperfect—that we are beggars before God. Haven’t we all, at one time or another, meekly approached the mercy seat and pleaded for grace? Haven’t we 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?
Because we all depend on the mercy of God, how can we deny to others any measure of the grace we so desperately desire for ourselves? My beloved brothers and sisters, should we not forgive as we wish to be forgiven?
Is this difficult to do?
Yes, of course.
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. But there is good news. This “mighty change” of heart is exactly what the gospel of Jesus Christ is designed to bring into our lives.
How is it done? Through the love of God.
When our hearts are filled with the love of God, something good and pure happens to us. We “keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.”
The more we allow the love of God to govern our minds and emotions—the more we allow our love for our Heavenly Father to swell within our hearts—the easier it is to love others with the pure love of Christ. As we open our hearts to the glowing dawn of the love of God, the darkness and cold of animosity and envy will eventually fade.
My Testimony and Amen