Friday, March 28, 2014

"Walk in Truth"

    We live in a day when those that follow the teachings of Christ are told how hateful or intolerant they are for not accepting people because of choices that don't fit into those teachings. That thought cannot be further from the truth. As Christ taught, we love the sinner but hate the sin. None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes but Christ has never turned His back on us and neither should we to our fellow brother and sisters, regardless of their personal beliefs and choices. Instead of being like the two characters above, criticizing every little thing, pointing fingers, and laughing at the expense of others, let us be like our Savior who is our ultimate example, and show our love without hesitation.

     In 3 John 1, we read of two examples. One man, Gaius, was a righteous and faithful man. He did good things, not only to those he knew in the gospel but also for those he did not. He had charity for all in whom he came in contact with. Through his deeds, one knew what he believed. We know he was someone who walked in truth and did all things faithfully, according to the teachings of Christ.

     The second example, was a man by the name of Diotrephes. He was a man who criticized the Church. He went against what was being taught, he defied authority, and spoke maliciously of the leaders of the Church. He was the example of disobedience. 

     Both men had influence on the people around them. Where Diotrephes was all about doing harm to the Church and to make the leaders look bad to pull people away from the gospel, Gaius was about bringing people closer to Christ and the peace in knowing Him. Ultimately, the choice was up to the people but as one would followed Diotrephes, then they might fall into the fate many receive when they turn their back on the knowledge they once knew.

    For someone who was taught the gospel of Christ, is baptized, and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost, there is nothing worse they can do than to turn their back on that knowledge and gift. Criticizing the Church and it's leaders will not dampen the influence or authority in which they have on this Earth. The only thing they will do is to cut themselves off from the God and commit themselves to the traps of the advisory and essentially bringing spiritual death.

     In Alma 39:11, we read, "Suffer not yourself to be led away by any vain or foolish thing..." As we continue on our journey in this life, let us always be vigilant that we are not led astray and we also do everything we can not to lead others away. Let us seek to be like Gaius, to learn of Christ, then to teach of Christ through the good things we do. To always walk in truth so as to bring others closer to Christ, not because of the things we teach but by the example that we are.

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