The scriptures describe Christlike attributes as gifts from God. They come as we use our agency righteously. We can ask Heavenly Father to bless us with these attributes; we cannot develop them without His help. With a desire to please God, we should recognize our weaknesses and be willing and anxious to improve.
Christlike attributes include:
Faith in Jesus Christ. When we have faith in Christ, we believe in Him as the Son of God, the Only Begotten of the Father in the Flesh. We accept Him as our Savior and Redeemer and follow His teachings.
Hope. Hope is an abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to us. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance. Hope helps us conquer discouragement.
Charity and Love. Charity is "the pure love of Christ" (Moroni 7:47). It includes God's eternal love for all His children. We are to seek to develop that kind of love. When we are filled with charity, we obey God's commandments and do all we can to serve others.
Virtue. Virtue originates in our innermost thoughts and desires. Since we believe that the Holy Ghost does not dwell in unclean tabernacles, virtue is prerequisite to receiving the Spirit's guidance. What we choose to think and do when we are alone and we believe no one is watching is a strong measure of our virtue.When we are virtuous, we focus on righteous, uplifting thoughts and put unworthy thoughts out of our minds.
Knowledge. The Lord commanded, "Seek learning, even by study and also by faith" (D&C 88:118). We should seek knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge. We should study the scriptures every day, and also study the words of the living prophets. Through study and prayer, we can seek help for our specific questions, challenges, and opportunities.
Patience. Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God's will and accept His timing. When we are patient, we hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully.
Humility. Humility is willingness to submit to the will of the Lord and give the Lord the honor for what is accomplished. It includes gratitude for His blessings and acknowledgment of our constant need for His divine help. Humility is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of spiritual strength.
Diligence. Diligence is steady, consistent, earnest, and energetic effort in doing the Lord's work. The Lord expects us to work diligently- persistently and with great effort and care. When we are diligent, we find joy and satisfaction in our work.
Obedience. Obedience is the first law of heaven. It is an act of faith. We may sometimes be required to do things we do not completely understand. As we obey, we increase our faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom. We should strive to be obedient to the Lord.
What Christlike attributes would you like to develop? We have the opportunity to study Christlike attributes and, with the help of our Father in Heaven, we can develop those attributes and become more like Christ. I am so grateful for the chance to learn how to become more like Christ.
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