Saturday, November 22, 2008

"Lest Bitterness Trouble You"

To put off bitterness, jelousy, resentment and self pity is not any easy task ... but we must put it off!! We must put it onto Christ's shoulders, for that is what He is there for. Only when we turn it over to Him will we ever be at peace.
Today I was listening to a few talks from Elder Neal A. Maxwell, of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, and this part really stood out to me... so I thought I would share it:
"Paul warns those of us on the path of discipleship to be diligent, "lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you" (Hebrews 12:15). Travel on the straight and narrow path occurs in company with other disciples, imperfect as we all are. Side by side, as we all are, means that there are ways in which we can become offended or even embittered. Given the imperfections of all of us in the Church, offenses will come and disappointments will occur. How we handle these is so crucial. We must be quick to prune any personal sprig of bitterness so that our wills can be truly swallowed up in the will of the Father. When we put off the natural man and the natural woman, we put off jealousy, resentment, and self-pity."- Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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