Psalm 19:8, “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
Mankind was never meant to be separated from God.
It is God’s will that we dwell with Him eternally. In fact, the entire history of God’s interactions with man can be summed up as a continual effort to draw mankind back to the Father. By the actions of our first ancestors, we became tarnished, imperfect, unholy, and unworthy to dwell in the presence of the Lord. Thankfully our God is a loving Father who has not turned His back on His disobedient children, but instead has provided a way for us to become clean, perfect, and holy once again. That process was given to us through His statutes and the fulfilling of His law.
The law of God is perfect; it is true; it is pure; it is the path of our salvation.
When it comes to our faith and spiritual understanding, one of the most damaging things we can do is to allow natural and worldly expectations to dictate our spiritual viewpoint.
The world tells us that laws are restrictive, limiting, and can often be changed. This is in direct contrast to the law of God. God’s commandments were given to provide empowerment and liberty, and they do not change. When we look into the law of our Lord, we should see redemption and hope. It is His law that will make us whole.
Scripture reveals that Christ is the Word (John 1:1) and that the law was fulfilled in Him (3 Nephi 15:5). With this knowledge, we find the love of our Father through understanding God’s commandments and following them.
The initial separation caused by Adam and Eve was the result of a choice, and because of that choice we can only be brought back to the Lord through choice (Alma 12:32). The beautiful thing is that God has made the choice as appealing as possible.
Not only will following God’s commandments bring salvation, but we will live lives that abide in the perfect love of the Father (John 15:10). This is the same love that redeems mankind and bestows grace and mercy to all who are willing to receive it.
As we learn of our God through His Word, we gain an understanding and perspective that allows us, as believers, to see life with spiritual eyes. It is spiritual eyes that allow us to see the needs of others, to see God working in our life during difficult times, and to see the path of blessings God has laid before us.
Today, let us learn of and follow the statues and commandments of the Lord so that we may live blessed lives full of joy and truth.
1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
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