Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Love Your Enemies

D&C 58:26-33
for behold it is not meet
that I should command in all things
for he that is compelled in all things
the same is a slothful
and not a wise servant
wherefore he receiveth no reward 
verily I say
men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause
and do many things of their own free will
and bring to pass much righteousness
for the power is in them
wherein they are agents unto themselves
and inasmuch as men do good
they shall in nowise lose their reward 
but he that doeth not anything until he is commanded
and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart
and keepeth it with slothfulness
the same is damned 
who am I
that made man
saith the Lord
that will hold him guiltless
that obeys not my commandments
who am I
saith the Lord
that have promised
and have not fulfilled 
I command
and men obey not
I revoke
and they receive not the blessing 
then they say in their hearts
this is not the work of the Lord
for his promises are not fulfilled
but wo unto such
for their reward lurketh beneath
and not from above
The Lord has commanded, in triplicate, that we shall give to every man that asks (Luke 6:30; Matthew 5:42; 3 Nephi 12:42).  He did not command that we should give only when moved upon by the Spirit, for those who must be micromanaged or directly commanded in the keeping of his law and commandments are slothful and unwise and doubt-filled servants who are damned and receive no reward from him.  Recall Joseph wrote: “[D]oubt and faith do not exist in the same person at the same time” (LoF 6).

How much and how, therefore, shall we give to those who ask, including our enemies?

Granting their request or demand for substance, so long as we have physical capacity to do so, is a commandment from the Lord.  Therefore, the question is really “how much and how shall we render to the Lord according to his commandment?”

Would you think, perhaps, “give the Lord whatever he asks whenever he asks however he asks” is a wise policy?  Might you even think, perhaps, “give the Lord more than what he asks, as a token of love for him?”

Therefore, how shall we give to every man who asks, even our enemies and our persecutors, who spitefully use us and ask us for all that we possess, even our very lives?  Even as we would to the Lord, for it is the Lord who asks it of us.
3 Nephi 12:38-48
and behold
it is written
an eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth
but I say unto you
that ye shall not resist evil
but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek
turn to him the other also
and if any man will sue thee at the law
and take away thy coat
let him have thy cloak also
and whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile
go with him twain
give to him that asketh thee
and from him that would borrow of thee
turn thou not away
and behold
it is written also
that thou shalt love thy neighbor
and hate thine enemy
but behold I say unto you
love your enemies
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
and pray for them who despitefully use you
and persecute you
that ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good
therefore those things
which were of old time
which were under the law
in me are all fulfilled
old things are done away
and all things have become new
therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I
or your Father who is in heaven is perfect