Tuesday, 21 January 2014

I have been thinking about forgivness.

A friend of mine hit me real hard the other day. And according to Matthew 5:39 Jesus says: ”But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. ”
Of course it doesn´t mean that we shall put ourselves in mortal danger if we are getting beat up physically (or emotianally). But if we respond to hatred with Love then we´ll might bee given a chance to share the gospel. And that´s just what happened to me with my friend. He told me later that he had to stop hitting me because i responded in such a cool and calm way and he asked me how I could do that. So I explained to him that it was because of the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave me inner peace even when his fist broked my lips.

But the most important thing for me was that I was able to forgive him. Of course it was easier to find true forgivness in my heart when I could see that he was honest and sincere saying ”sorry”.

 Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin. (D&C 64:9)

If we are getting hurt our natural response can sometimes be anger byt we must remember that we can´t heal a negative action with another negative action. Looking back upon my life I realize that negative experiences sometimes shaped me more than positive ones, because I was able to forgive and then blessed with the power to make a change. The power of forgiveness gave me back control of my life, because it took me out of victim mode.

Hymn 185 Reverently and Meekly Now
verse 3

Bid thine heart all strife to cease;
With thy brethren be at peace.
Oh, forgive as thou wouldst be
E'en forgiven now by me.
In the solemn faith of prayer
Cast upon me all thy care,
And my Spirit's grace shall be
Like a fountain unto thee.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Your life is a learning process - you can only become wiser from learning.

How can we walk in another man’s shoes if they don’t fit us? The shoes may be too small, and if we try to walk in them we may experience pain. We may develop blisters on our feet. The shoes may be too big and if we try to walk in them our feets will get cold.

However, if we do walk in another man’s shoes, through the pain we experience, we may begin to understand a little bit of the pain they are experiencing in their life and we won’t be so quick to condemn them.

Joseph Smith taught that "whatever principle of intelligence we attain in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection"  (D&C 130:18) meaning the things we learn now will stay with us, and benefit us, even after our mortal lives end

To walk in someones shoes is a way to learn.