And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Mosiah 4:16
The bishop’s talk hit me hard.
He shared a very personal story that has forever helped me understand the meaning of mercy and charity.
Being a disciple of Christ is not always easy. It is not always popular. It is not to be taken lightly. But, once we make the choice to follow Jesus Christ, we don’t get to pick and choose the easiest commandments to keep.
It's easy to only see the negative to situations we don't actually know about. We are told not to judge. There's the age old adage about walking a mile in someone else's shoes. As children of God and as brothers and sisters in Christ, shouldn't we be loving each other? We have all failed, fallen and tried to get up and start anew. Should we be surprised that our friends, family and ward members are doing the same?
After much thought and research, I’ve come to the conclusion that when we fear, we reject God’s plan. His plan for us is perfect. Do we believe that? If we do, why would we fear? Jesus Christ understands all our pain, sorrow, heartache, despair, and yes, even fear.
We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all. ~ Thomas S. Monson