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Filled with the grace of God
By derek
9/12/2006 7:01:34 AM
Mosiah 18:16 — And after this manner he did baptize every one that went forth to the place of Mormon; and they were in number about two hundred and four souls; yea, and they were baptized in the waters of Mormon, and were filled with the grace of God.
What does it mean to be filled with the grace of God? Does it mean they were filled with the knowledge of the grace of God? Does it mean they were filled the knowledge of the grace of God, of how truly miraculous his atonement is? Or does it mean they were filled with grace-like mercy unto their brethren, so they sought to emulate Christ's grace and example in others' lives? The Bible Dictionary defines grace as "the divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous love and mercy of Jesus Christ." So grace really is the ENABLING POWER of the atonement. They were filled with the enabling power of the atonement to help them overcome their weaknesses, deal with trials, or do whatever the Lord required of them.

I think the reason we struggle overcoming addiction sometimes is because we are not WILLING to do whatever the Lord asks. Overcoming addiction requires changing our lives, requires sacrificing. Once we are willing to do that, THEN he can bless us with his grace. It may be changing where we live, changing our job, moving the computer to the family room, handing over complete control of the finances to our wives, or something else completely, but I think that some physical manifestation of our willingness to submit is always required to receive his grace. We're not truly ready if we can't do those physical, outward things. And it can be VERY scary to submit like that. Boyd K. Packer said "faith is going to the edge of the light, and then taking a couple of steps into the dark." It's scary, and maybe even seems impossible, to be on the edge of that light and not know what awaits us on the other side. But I know that those steps into the dark, into the unknown, are how we grow and expand our capabilities. They are HOW we can be blessed by the grace of God.

It's interesting that to be blessed with that power we have to DO something first. Grace won't just swoop down and put a filter on my computer for me when I SAY I'm ready to submit. And once I have the filter on, grace won't protect me from myself if I'm trying to hack around the filter. I have to SHOW I'm ready. When Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, he asked Mary to take him to the tomb, he had people roll away the stone, he had people remove Lazarus' wraps from him. He required that PEOPLE do everything PEOPLE could do. His power then came into effect in the things they could NOT do. The Savior will help us, but it's a joint effort. We have to do our part, take that first step or two into the darkness. Then he will do the rest.

Comments:

Reminds me very much of another scripture    
"2 Ne 25:23 - For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; *for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.* I would have to say that my recent willingness to do ALL that the Lord requires of me regardless of the consequences has definitely been the difference in my recent recovery compared to all other attempts in my life. For me, it was being completely open and honest with my wife, talking with my bishop (who is also a good friend), and attending the LDSAR meetings - the 12 step program. Those things were hard for me to do, but I reached the point where I knew the only way I could ever overcome was to COMPLETELY submit to the Lord - to do EVERYthing the Lord required (and truthfully, all the things deep down I always knew I needed to do.) I have felt the Lord's grace and "tender mercies" (1 Ne 1:20) more so than in any other time in my life, convincing me that it is truly his grace that makes us "mighty unto deliverance", and not my own strength. But as Nephi says, we also need to do "all we can do." Or as President Hinckley would say, "Do the best you can. Do the VERY BEST you can." "
posted at 16:34:15 on September 12, 2006 by josh


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