Friday, May 22, 2015

What is God like?

If we want to know what God is like, we can simply look to the attributes of what his Son, Jesus Christ possesses. In General Conference of October 2003, Elder Jeffery R. Holland stated: "It is the grand truth that in all that Jesus came to say and do, including and especially in His atoning suffering and sacrifice, He was showing us who and what God our Eternal Father is like, how completely devoted He is to His children in every age and nation. In word and in deed Jesus was trying to reveal and make personal to us the true nature of His Father, our Father in Heaven."

He goes on to discuss how the Savior's action's give us a glimpse into the passion and love Heavenly Father has for us: "Feeding the hungry, healing the sick, rebuking hypocrisy, pleading for faith—this was Christ showing us the way of the Father, He who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, long-suffering and full of goodness.” In His life and especially in His death, Christ was declaring, “This is God’s compassion I am showing you, as well as that of my own.” In the perfect Son’s manifestation of the perfect Father’s care, in Their mutual suffering and shared sorrow for the sins and heartaches of the rest of us, we see ultimate meaning in the declaration: “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Watch Elder Holland's entire talk:

1 comment:

  1. It is impossible for us to comprehend the magnitude of God's great love for us, His children, as well as for all His creations. If we envision a smiting God who is only awaiting an opportunity to punish or rebuke, then we do not understand His attributes. His greatest desire is to inspire us to choose His will, which only leads to greater happiness in this life, and eternal splendor in the life to come.


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