You guys, today is the last day of 2018. I can’t believe another year has gone by so fast. I wanted to post something on this last day, and I decided to leave you with an uplifting and spiritual post.
So, last night I was reading in the New Testament and I wanted to share with you some of the things I got out of my scripture reading.
So for those who don’t know or who don’t remember, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and every year we focus on a specific part of the scriptures. This coming year, 2019, we are going to be studying the New Testament, which I am really excited for!
Anyway, each year they give us a study manual that we can use as we read the scriptures. So each week there are scriptures to read along with some questions to ponder and some quotes to read. It helps prepare us for what we will learn at church that Sunday.
So last night I decided to start studying this weeks reading. And I was surprised at the notes I took. Not that they are in any way profound, but I was happy that I actually got a deeper study done. Because let’s be honest, sometimes when we read the scriptures, or any book for that matter, we sometimes read just to read and we don’t get a lot out of it.
That being said, let me share with you the two scripture passages I read and what stood out to me!
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
So from this first scripture I got out a few things.
To me, it is as if the man is asking Christ which commandments are necessary to keep in order to have eternal life. In other words, what is the least amount of work he needs to do in order to receive eternal life.
In verse 21 the footnote for perfect says commitment. So to me it is as if Christ is saying if you want to show me you are all in and if you want to show me that you are actually committed, then give up what you have to the poor.
So I think another way of looking at perfection is commitment. It is being committed to Christ. Commitment doesn’t mean you are perfect, but it means you keep trying. If you are committed to piano for example, it means you practice each week, you show up to your lessons and you work at it. It doesn’t mean you will never mess up. But it means even through the hard times you keep going.
And sometimes being committed to something can be hard. But it’s possible.
I think we all want eternal life. And so I think we all tend to ask that question of what do we need to do to have it. And I think we all come to a point where God will ask us to do something that may seem extremely hard (like what happened with this man) and we will have to choose either Him or the world.
I think this is all a good reminder that when Christ invites us to be perfect and to follow Him, He is asking that we actually commit ourselves to Him. That even if we fall, we dust ourselves off and get back up.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
From this second scripture it is talking about forgiveness.
In verse 14 the footnote for forgive leads you to forbear in the topical guide. There it also says long-suffering and patience. Forbear means to politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain from doing or using.
In verse 15, however, the footnote for forgive takes you to forgive in the topical guide. There it references benevolence, confession, forbear, Jesus Christ, Atonement through, and remission of sins.
So to me, the forgiveness is a bit different. We ourselves cannot give people a remission of their sins. We cannot wipe away their mistakes completely. But we can have patience when they do make mistakes, and be slow to judge and have charity towards them. However when it comes to forgiveness from God, he can cleanse us and give us a remission of sin.
So while the forgiveness is very similar, I think it is also a bit different.
And what an amazing gift that we have. If we are willing to change and repent and leave our sins behind, then Christ can forgive us completely and wipe our sins away.
Overall, I am really excited to study the New Testament this coming year in 2019. I will continue to post some of my studies from it, as well as update you on my weight loss journey. I will let you know when I get a job, and continue to share my paintings as well.
✨✨ Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019!!! ✨✨