Men Are That They Might Have Joy

“Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy”.
When Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) he emphasized that when men wanted to experience fully the love of God in their hearts they would happily bestow that same love upon their fellows. As they discovered greater and deeper love for others and for God through living these great principles, they would come understand the transcendent possibilities inherent within themselves which can be realized through, first, a living faith, then a life of godly obedience to the saving principles of the Gospel including repentance of sin, baptism by one having authority and heartfelt charity toward all and long-suffering adherence to saving truths under any and all conditions of mortality. Jesus himself was our perfect example of great self discipline and nobility of thought. As he began his ministry,
the Adversary came to tempt and test his divine obedience. “But he answered and said ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’” (Matt 4:4)

This eternal cycle is extended from our Father through His Son to all mortal creatures: “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love… This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:9,12) Mankind must learn that to know God is the greatest experience in existence and that each of us possesses at birth the potential to be Christlike. And we have the true Gospel of the risen Christ that we might learn the truths of the kingdom of God.

The Savior taught that righteousness and unity of purpose were of utmost importance. Though we are different in our thoughts, opinions, physical makeup, etc., we will fare best if we are united in Christ’s teachings so we can achieve our goals and purposes. In this way we will continue to grow in the clarifying light of Christ through the Holy Spirit which testifies to us of truth and error. To this end Jesus often would cast out “unclean spirits” from those who were afflicted with them and gave his apostles the power to do the same. (See Mark 5:7-9, Matt 10:1) “For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (John 3:20) He taught that error and evil are the results of not understanding that we are all sons and daughters of God: We are, then, children of a King, each given the Spirit of Christ, and the salvation we all seekGod wants us to attain.
(From Life Changing Testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ, by Marlena Tanya Muchnick)


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