BYU-Pathway Worldwide Devotional
“Lift with Love”
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said:Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope.
At times we may find it difficult to love, but as disciples of Christ we need to work to overcome those difficulties. Here are a few things that we can do to feel and show more love:
· We can pray to be blessed with charity.
· We can create opportunities to serve those we are struggling to love.
· We can take time to listen to and understand the stories and feelings of those we seek to love.
· We can remember that since we are all God’s children, we are spiritually brothers and sisters, and each person is beloved of God.
· We can acknowledge that we are here on earth to learn, and that we all have had different experiences that have influenced our perceptions and understanding.
· We can have faith in God’s plan and our Savior and trust Them to lead, teach, and guide others along their personalized path.
· We can recognize that the vast majority of us are trying to do and be our best.
· We can remember that we all need love.
When I was young, my dad taught me a principle that has blessed me all my life. He taught that, with only our limited understanding, we should never judge another person because we do not know all that he or she may have experienced. Nor do we know if we had had the same experiences, how we would have responded. We are all in the process of learning how to become like our Heavenly Father, and each of us has much more to learn.
How much more effective it is to walk with those around us, encouraging and learning from each other, rather than trying to push others out of the way because they are different than we are.
Can you imagine how different it would have been if all those who chose to comment upon the actions of the young American football player had chosen to offer words of encouragement and understanding? He still would have suffered because his mistake cost his team the championship, but rather than his burden being added to and his feelings of self-worth diminished, his burdens would have been made lighter. What’s more, it would have been easier for him to recognize that this one mistake was not life-defining or really that important.It is my prayer that as disciples of Christ we can all become like Moroni who, at the end of the Book of Mormon, had charity for those who sought to kill him. Writing about the Lamanites, Moroni said, “[B]ecause of their hatred they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ. And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life. … [B]ut I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of the Lord."
It is my testimony that as we seek to love those around us, our lives will improve — we will be happier, we will come to know God better, and we will bless the lives of those we love. As we strive to be Christlike and treat others with loving kindness, they will feel God’s love, experience more hope in Jesus Christ, and have a greater desire to strive to understand and fulfill their divine potential. May your lives be filled with love, joy, and peace, as you strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ, is my prayer. In the name of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.