Today’s inspiration is drawn from the timeless message delivered by Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the October 1982 General Conference. In his powerful address, Elder Haight illuminates the profound impact of love, not only in our personal lives but also in our collective mission to build up the kingdom of God on earth.
Elder Haight begins his message with a powerful declaration: our faith revolves around the love of Jesus Christ. It is in Christ that we find hope, salvation, and the inspiration to labor diligently in building God’s kingdom on earth. This core belief propels us forward and underscores the importance of love as a guiding principle in our lives.
The essence of Christ’s teachings is distilled into two great commandments: to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. These commandments encapsulate the divine ingredient that Elder Haight believes resides within us all—love. Love is not merely a passive feeling but an active force that can bring about profound changes in our lives and in the lives of those we touch.
While it is relatively easy to love those who love us in return, the real test of our love lies in our ability to love all, including our enemies. This is a commandment that challenges us to transcend the barriers of race, class, and even family relationships. Elder Haight emphasizes that love has no boundaries and extends to all, regardless of their circumstances or background.
Elder Haight illustrates the concept of unconditional love with the timeless parable of the Good Samaritan. In this story, a Samaritan, traditionally looked down upon by the Jews, demonstrates love and compassion by aiding a wounded man whom others had ignored. The key difference between the Samaritan and the others lies in their hearts—the Samaritan possessed a compassionate heart, while the others had selfish hearts.
Elder Haight emphasizes that love is rooted in truth and is incapable of coexisting with falsehood. Love never seeks to hurt or offend; instead, it heals and uplifts. Love is an active force that seeks to help, support, and strengthen those it touches. Ultimately, the true test of love is sacrifice, exemplified by the Savior’s sacrifice of His life for us.
Oftentimes, we may wonder how we can earn God’s love. Elder Haight reminds us that love is a gift from God, and as we obey His commandments and genuinely serve others, we develop His love within us. Our love for God and our fellow beings is the key to unlocking divine powers that help us live righteously and overcome the challenges of the world.
Elder Haight reflects on how Jesus spread His gospel through love and service, rather than through worldly methods. Love and friendship, not force, were the instruments through which He planted His ideals in the hearts of His followers. God’s work, as exemplified by Jesus, is heart to heart, and love is the means by which we convey His message to others.
The message of God’s love for His children is exemplified by the scripture, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God’s love knows no bounds, and His desire to bless and uplift us is boundless.
As we reflect on Elder Haight’s message, we are reminded of the importance of love in our lives. Love is not merely an emotion; it is a verb that requires action. Our love for God should inspire us to love and serve all of His children, regardless of their circumstances. We can make a significant difference in the world by striving to love as Jesus loved.
In a world often marked by division and strife, love stands as a powerful force for change. It is a force that can transform our hearts, our communities, and the world at large. As we strive to love God with all our hearts and to love all of His children, we become beacons of light in a sometimes dark world.
The call to action is clear: let us extend our love beyond boundaries, practice compassion, and embrace the commandment to love all. By doing so, we not only honor the teachings of Jesus Christ but also contribute to making the world a better and more loving place. Let love be the guiding principle that shapes our lives and influences those around us, for it is through love that we truly become disciples of the Savior.
May our actions be a testament to the boundless love of God, and may we, like the Good Samaritan, reach out with compassion to lift and bless the lives of all we encounter. Link to the original: Love All
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