Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I wanted to write a little about our Father in Heaven, and base my thoughts on a talk given by Elder Jeffery R. Holland. I will link his talk to this post after my thoughts. It is an incredible eye opening talk that had a lot of aha moments in it for me. The first one that I want to talk about is the nature of God as explained by Jeffery R Holland. How many of us think of Christ as full of love and compassion and mercy? If we were to be asked if we would feel comfortable in the arms of Christ we would respond with a yes, or an, absolutely! But when asked if we would feel comfortable in Gods arms we would be apprehensive. When we think of Christ we think of all his Grace and Mercy. He was quick to forgive the sinner and heal the sick and raise the dead. When we think of our Father in heaven we think of Him being quick to execute justice, ready to cleanse the earth of wicked. He is the heavy hand above the earth ready to strike it at a moments notice!
But how wrong is this way of thinking! I had such a misunderstood way of thinking of God. Because that is how I viewed him.
When Christ came to earth, he said all the things he does are things he has seen the Father do. He never says it is his grace or his mercy. But it is the mercy he saw God have. Christ repeatedly spoke of him and the father as being one. We know that Christ isn't God the Father and that He is his own person. So by him being One with God he is saying that he is One in purpose with God, One in perfection as God
. “The Father … doeth the works,” He said in earnest. “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever [the Father] doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” 6 On another occasion He said: “I speak that which I have seen with my Father.” “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me.” “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
So all the attributes we use to describe Christ, Full of Mercy, Grace, Compassion, Humility, Courageous, Bold, etc. These are all attributes of our Father in heaven! Jeffery R Holland said in his talk,
In that sense Jesus did not come to improve God’s view of man nearly so much as He came to improve man’s view of God and to plead with them to love their Heavenly Father as He has always and will always love them. The plan of God, the power of God, the holiness of God, yes, even the anger and the judgment of God they had occasion to understand. But the love of God, the profound depth of His devotion to His children, they still did not fully know—until Christ came.
I just want to invite everyone to read this talk and see God as He really is. And love Him as He loves us.
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