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Spiritual Preparedness–September 2014

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As We Strive for Perfection

Jesus and children-Bloch crop“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Joseph B. Wirthlin said, “Jesus, our Savior, was the epitome of kindness and compassion. He healed the sick. He spent much of His time ministering to the one or many. He spoke compassionately to the Samaritan woman who was looked down upon by many. He instructed His disciples to allow the little children to come unto Him. He was kind to all… Yet His greatest act of kindness was found in His atoning sacrifice…Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes…Kind words not only lift our spirits in the moment they are given, but they can linger with us over the years… The things you say, the tone of your voice, the anger or calm of your words—these things are noticed by others.”

Jeffrey R. Holland added to the importance of being kind with this thought from a 2013 talk, “So be kind regarding human frailty—your own as well as that of those who serve with you in a Church led by volunteer, mortal men and women. Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we. And when you see imperfection, remember that the limitation is not in the divinity of the work. As one gifted writer has
suggested, when the infinite fullness is poured forth, it is not the oil’s fault if there is some loss because finite vessels can’t quite contain it all. Those finite vessels include you and me, so be patient and kind and forgiving.”

“Kindness is the essence of a celestial life. Kindness is how a Christ like person treats others. Kindness should permeate all of our words and actions at work, at school, at church, and especially in our homes.”(Joseph B. Wirthlin)

 

 

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