The Savior, Jesus Christ, is the definition of love. He is the source of love, and the ultimate and finishing example of love.
Trying to exemplify Christ's love in my complete mortal imperfection, in a fallen world, is at best, entirely daunting at times.
And that is a generous statement.
It seems that thoughts of where I lack or why I'm just not good enough come freely. These thoughts are cheap, and wherever they are spent, they bring very little return on such a heavy investment of my time and energy.
Yet, I do love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I do want to be like Him a little more each day. I have learned for myself that thoughts of discouragement are simply not from God, nor Jesus Christ.
As these thoughts rolled through my mind, I came upon this quote from Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He teaches, "We don't have to be perfect yet. In this life, the Lord only expects us to become holy men and women through Christ. The Lord has given us the opportunity to overcome mistakes because this is how we become like Him."
This is what Jesus Christ invites us to do. He loves us with the greatest of all love. This love is Charity. It is defined in the Bible Dictionary as, "The highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; the pure love of Christ. It is never used to denote alms or deeds of benevolence, although it may be a prompting motive."
In a world where the definition of love is at the miserable mercy of every man's desire, Christ shows each of us true love in action.
I am surprised at how different I feel when I apply Christ's love in small ways.
I found the following challenge on the church's website and thought it would be good to see where it takes me.
One act a day leading up to Valentine's Day. I dare you.
Posted by Brooke Kamalu member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints