Ten Sermons On The First Epistle Of John (With Active Table of Contents)
The Joseph Smith Translation makes it clear that the Savior did not encourage His followers to literally cut or disfigure themselves. The Savior used startling images to teach followers the importance of casting away their sins and removing themselves from sinful places, people, and situations see Matthew —30 ; —9 ; Mark —48 ; Joseph Smith Translation, Mark —48 [in the Bible appendix].
It appears the Savior was referring to a saying common in His day. Pike, eds. Faust — of the First Presidency taught about the healing power of forgiveness:. Sidney Simon, a recognized authority on values realization, has provided an excellent definition of forgiveness as it applies to human relationships:. The Savior has offered to all of us a precious peace through His Atonement, but this can come only as we are willing to cast out negative feelings of anger, spite, or revenge.
Nelson explained the meaning of the word perfect as used in Matthew :. Perfection is pending.
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It can come in full only after the Resurrection and only through the Lord. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. Such a man or woman might serve in Church positions or in private acts of mercy in an effort to achieve prominence or cultivate contacts that would increase income or aid in acquiring wealth. Others might serve in order to obtain worldly honors, prominence, or power.
If the hour of prayer found them in the streets, so much the better, for all men would see their devoutness! Have you ever said a prayer mechanically, the words pouring forth as though cut from a machine? Do you sometimes bore yourself as you pray? When you find yourself getting into a routine with your prayers, step back and think. Meditate for a while on the things for which you really are grateful. Look for them. Bring your goals and your hopes and your dreams to the Lord and set them before Him.
Some people might ask what purpose is served in asking for blessings if Heavenly Father already knows what we need.
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Through prayer we acknowledge our dependence on the Lord, exercise our faith in His ability to bestow desired blessings, and acknowledge that ultimately all blessings come from Him. Approached properly, prayer helps us evaluate our lives and align with the will of God. We worship our Father in Heaven as all-knowing and all-powerful.
Surely, as our Creator, He knows our cares, our worries, our joys, our struggles without our informing Him. The reason our Heavenly Father asks us to pray cannot be that we are able to tell Him something He does not already know. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them.
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Oaks taught that we should use special prayer language when addressing our Father in Heaven:. This change of clothing is a mark of respect. Similarly, when we address our Heavenly Father, we should put aside our working words and clothe our prayers in special language of reverence and respect. Always ready to look for underlying causes and strongly attached to his province, Sewall readily supported the patriot cause and permitted his meeting house to become a shrine of the American cause. He knew they were the purchase of our forefathers at the expence of much labor, blood, and treasire [ sic ].
He could not bear the thought of their being wrested out of our hands. He esteemed it our duty, in all wise, reasonable, and legal ways, to endeavour the preservation of them. Joseph Sewall [Boston, ], p. And God saw their Works, that they turned from their evil Way, and God repented of the Evil that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did it not.
In this book we have a very memorable and instructive history. Jonah is taken, and cast into the sea; upon which it ceased from raging: And thus, by the wonderful Providence of God , he became a type of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who having appeased the wrath of God by his obedience unto death, lay buried in the earth three days, Matth. Jonah having cried to God , as out of the Belly of Hell, was delivered from his dreadful confinement. The Lord spake unto the Fish, and it vomited Jonah upon the dry Land. Jonah, being thus delivered from the depth of distress, obeys the second call of God to him, Ch.
Happy is that rebuke, how sharp soever, which is sanctified to make us return to God and our duty.
O let not London! But to return, Jonah, in obedience to the divine command, cries against this great city, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown, v. In the five following verses, we have the faith and repentance of the Ninevites described, which our Lord takes particular notice of, Matth. The Men of Nineveh shall rise in Judgment with this Generation, and shall condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonas, and behold, a greater than Jonas is here. Let us then attend to these words with reverence and godly fear, lest they also rise up in judgment against us in the terrible day of the Lord.
And here I would more particularly observe, 1. The People of Nineveh believed God, v. Yea, there was a royal proclamation for this by the Decree of the King and his Nobles, v. And this great monarch humbled himself before the Most High, who cuts off the spirit of princes, and is terrible to the kings of the earth. And all are commanded to cry mightily to God, v. Yea, all are exhorted to turn every one from his evil Edition: current; Page: [ 31 ] Way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
The Ninevites were sensible, that to outward signs and means of humiliation, they must add repentance and reformation. We have their Encouragement to attend this Duty, in a time of impending judgment, v.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent. And they might well infer some ground of hope as to their temporal deliverance from this, that the judgment was not presently executed; but the space of forty days was given them for repentance. Who can tell? Joel 2. God saw their Works, i. Luke Here were some, I hope, and that not a few, who had saving repentance given them; and others were so terrified and awakened, that they engaged at least in an outward and publick reformation.
And may we not suppose that in this wonderful work, God gave his ancient people a specimen and earnest of the call of the gentiles? Now, upon this their repentance it is said, God repented of the Evil, and he did it not. Which words must be understood in such a sense as is consistent with the divine perfections.
He is of one mind, and who can turn him?
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Nor, as if he acted contrary to truth and faithfulness; no, the threatning was conditional. At what Instant I shall speak concerning a Nation, and concerning a Kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it: If that Nation against whom I have pronounced, turn from their Evil, I will repent of the Evil that I thought to do unto them. From the words thus explained to you, I would observe the following doctrines,. If we would seek the Lord in a right manner, we must believe him; the threatnings and promises of his word.
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It is the duty of a people to cry to God in prayer with fasting, when he threatens to bring destroying judgments upon them; and their rulers should be ready to lead in the right discharge of this duty. Our seeking to God by prayer with fasting must be attended with true repentance, and sincere endeavours after reformation.