Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Power to Endure

The most beautiful part of the atonement of Jesus Christ is the power to be, have, feel, or do something that is otherwise completely beyond our own mortal reach. The strength to carry on is not created by mortal will, extreme displays of individual effort, or even respect for duty alone.

This strength is only possible because of Jesus Christ and his willingness to overcome and descend below all things that He might raise us up and fill the space completely between our greatest challenges and sins and our loving Heavenly Father. Because of this beautiful atonement, we are not called upon to solely carry the weight of every degree and type of burden in mortality. 

Is life simply to be endured with no purpose or help or spiritual and divine aid? No. Elder Jeffery R. Holland, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles answered this question beautifully when he testified, 

Is that what life was meant to be? Is this the grand finale of the human experience? 
 Are we all just hanging in a cold canyon somewhere in an indifferent universe, each 

 of us searching for a toehold, each of us seeking for something to grip-with nothing
  but the feeling of sand sliding under our fingers, nothing to save us, nothing to hold 
 on to, much less anything to hold on to us? Is our only purpose in life an empty
existential exercise- simply to leap as high as we can, hang on for our prescribed three score years and ten, then fail and fall, and keep falling forever? The answer to  those questions is an unequivocal no! . . . That Atonement would achieve complete  victory over physical death, unconditionally granting resurrection to  every person who has been born, or ever will be born into this world. Mercifully it would also provide forgiveness for the personal sins of all, from Adam to the end of the world,conditioned upon the repentance and obedience to divine commandments. 

This is why we can endure. Life has beautiful meaning because Jesus Christ first loved us, and we gain the strength needed to make it through every sorrow and sin because He overcame and designed the perfect way to endure here on earth and enjoy eternal life with our Father in Heaven. Don't quit. Don't settle for holding on to just anything. Hold on to Christ. He is there. He loves you. Be determined to find God in your life. He has never left endurance through difficulty or anything else to man alone. 

"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." 
                                            -John 3:16

I invite you to get on your knees in prayer and ask Heavenly Father to send the light of His perfect Son into your life. Let your heart always seek the Savior of the world and His Father, of whom He  testified and obeyed with exactness. I don't have to know you to be able to testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you. They love you with a perfect love. And the personal strength you need to endure is a direct and beautiful consequence of being a child of God, and having access to that perfect atonement and love every day of your life. 

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 




2 comments:

  1. Understanding the sacrifice the Lord made for us puts everything into perspective. It brings hope, and a desire to be better. It humbles and inspires. It makes me thankful and happy. It makes me want to share it with others. It is the greatest thing that has ever happened and makes everything worth it.

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  2. I have felt that light of Jesus Christ in my heart and it is something that I never want to let go. I am beyond grateful for the atonement and for His perfect example. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and he loves every single person on this earth! "...he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female, and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." 2 Nephi 26:33

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