Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Spiritual Thought August 20, 2008

"To underscore further the dimensions of discipleship in our mortal experience, one way of looking at the 'thou shalt not' commandments is that these prohibitions help us to avoid misery by turning us away from that which is enticing but harmful and wrong. However, once we are settled in terms of the direction of our discipleship and the gross sins are left firmly behind—'misery prevention' it might be called—then the major focus falls upon the 'thou shalt' commandments. It is the keeping of the 'thou shalt' commandments which brings even greater happiness. True, as the scripture says, 'wickedness never was happiness' (Alma 41:10), but neither is lukewarmness full happiness. Failing to be valiant in Christian discipleship will leave us without significant happiness. Therefore, our active avoidance of wickedness must be followed by our active engagement in righteousness. Then we can come to know true joy—after all, man is that he might have joy (see 2 Ne. 2:25)."

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