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Monday, April 11, 2011

If You Love Me, Correct Me!

Continuing with Elder D. Todd Christofferson in his address, "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten:"  
I would like to speak of one particular attitude and practice we need to adopt if we are to meet our Heavenly Father’s high expectations. It is this: willingly to accept and even seek correction . . . Though it is often difficult to endure, truly we ought to rejoice that God considers us worth the time and trouble to correct.
Divine chastening has at least three purposes: (1) to persuade us to repent, (2) to refine and sanctify us, and (3) at times to redirect our course in life to what God knows is a better path.
Divine chastening can feel like persecution from Satan. However, we don't need to know the source of our trials in order to endure them well. (See D&C 121:8)


We do need to sort out whether we are following the path Heavenly Father would like us to follow and make course corrections if necessary.


Regardless of the source, the same remedies apply.
If we repeatedly fail to act on the chastening of a loving God, then He too will desist. He has said, “My Spirit will not always strive with man” (Ether 2:15).
If we do not feel chastened then something is wrong. We may not be listening to the chastening. We might be so far off of the path that God has ceased to strive with us. We might be experiencing a temporary lull in the storm of chastening. We may need to ask Heavenly Father for chastening we currently need. There are many possibilities


I don't think we can assume that we no longer need to repent. As long as we are on this earth that need will continue.


Also, we can always work on our ability to accept and seek correction. More on that soon . . .

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