Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alma 12:7

As I sat in church today, I was on my tablet reading the scriptures. (How insane is that? Can you imagine having a tablet in 1999?! Anyway..) I came across Alma 12:7. It talks about how God knows our hearts and our intent.  He is all powerful, and he is the only one that can judge us.

At the beginning of the chapter it talks about how God knows the pure and true intent of our heart, which is why he is the only one that can judge us.  We can claim so many things to so many people.  We can pretend to be someone we're not, but that doesn't matter to God.  He knows who we really are.

The reason he is the only one that can judge us is because he doesn't judge us by our words or things we say.  He knows what is in our soul.  He looks into our hearts and determines what the truth is.  What we as individuals truly are.  He looks into our desires, our hopes, to the things that we hold most dear and determines our future on that.  He judges us more purely than any other living being on this earth.  He is the only one that has the right to truly judge us.

I find such peace knowing that this is the true order and that I don't need to judge anyone because God has it covered.  Some one's future is not up to you or me.  It is not up to us to decide if someone is good or bad.  God will handle that.  All he asks of us is to love one another as we love him.  To put the golden rule into action in our lives.  That is all we are required to do.  

It's nice to know that all I have to do in this world is treat others the way I would want to be treated.  I don't have to sweat the small stuff.  God has made our role here on earth pretty easy.  We are to love as he did.  Love God, and love each other.  That's it.

Can you imagine how amazing this world would be if we each lived the way God asked?  No one would feel judged, or criticized.  No one would be so offended that they stop going to church.  We would look at each person with the love and respect they deserve.  What a beautiful world that would be.

Allow God to do the judging.  Let God determine what is in people's hearts and minds.  Love one another, worry about yourself, and that's all we need to do.  God will make up for the rest.  

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