Last week the Sunday Study pointed out that we all come up a bit short (Romans 2:23). Satan might use that to try and push you down and convince you that you aren’t good enough and never will be. But that isn’t true! Part of the reason Satan would want to do that is because when we come up a bit short, we naturally start looking for help. And that is a very good thing, because in God’s plan there is ALWAYS help!
This theme is repeated over and over in the scriptures!
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.
19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
21 Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.
Can you see why Satan would want you to turn inwards and away from the help that is there for you? It is because that help comes in the favor, grace, and mercy of the Savior.
Elder Uchtdorf teaches this with such power! Here is what he taught and the challenge he gives us:
“Today and forevermore God’s grace is available to all whose hearts are broken and whose spirits are contrite. Jesus Christ has cleared the way for us to ascend to heights incomprehensible to mortal minds.
I pray that we will see with new eyes and a new heart the eternal significance of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. I pray that we will show our love for God and our gratitude for the gift of God’s infinite grace by keeping His commandments and joyfully ‘walk[ing] in [a] newness of life.’” (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace”, April 2015).
Rather than beating ourselves up, let’s lift ourselves up knowing of God’s love for us and then lift up someone else who might not be as aware of that love as you are! Give thanks to God in prayer and then get up and go show thanks to God by helping someone else.
Next week we will study what the favor and grace of God does (and doesn’t do) for us.
Today’s Scripture Study