Monday, March 21, 2016

Today's Favorite Verse: 3 Nephi 6:13

Today's Favorite Verse: 3 Nephi 6:13
"Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God."

In family scripture study tonight we discussed how men no longer cherish honor and it wasn't always so. My son could never remember a time when people had it. He thought honor died out in the 1400's. My husband and I thought it was the generation before ours. We tried to narrow down when the change happened. We decided the greatest influence was when prayer was removed from the schools. Then we lost civics classes. My husband is 11.5 yrs older than me and he could remember prayer in school. It was gone before I started attending. I remember there was civics written on the report card but we never used that field. Then it became social studies. Why would the lack of prayer in school create an effect on honor?  Because children were no longer taught there was someone greater than themselves they were accountable to. Now you are taught to look out for number one, you are the greatest and most important thing out there. With that there is no accountability to a higher power. You are your own higher power, and honor means nothing. Instead you have to teach a lot of classes on self-esteem. If your only value is in what you think of yourself I guess that's fitting.

With this scripture I pondered on why some can with pride can attack others, yet people that are humble when persecuted turn to God. I think it is because the humble person knows the source of his power. His strength is in the Lord. The humble person doesn't need the last word, because they know it belongs to God. There is a peace in their soul you cannot disturb. The prideful person has no power over them. You can strip them of everything but can never take from them the essence of who they are. The prideful person is actually very wounded. You cannot attack them because they have to fight back. If you take away everything from them they are exposed and vulnerable. They will fight you to the death to not expose their nothingness. There is no inner peace in their lives. They are truly lost souls, to be pitied. Humility, honor and integrity come from God. When you deny God you lose your values, and are without peace. 

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