The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ does not teach me of a God who needs me to prove my worthiness before He will respond to my need for Him in my life. I know a God who runs to meet me in my need. A God who rescues me because of His goodness, not mine. In Him resides perfect justice (judgement) and perfect mercy (love.) And perfect love satisfies justice and prevails.
Picture a court case where mercy and justice each have a chance to present their case in your life before the Great Judge of All while everyone waits, wondering which one–Mercy or Justice will be able to persuade the Judge to decide in favor of their position toward you. You may be grateful, then, to realize that in every case possible–including yours–we have a Judge who will choose Mercy’s way of seeing and interpreting your life story.
And this judge will do that again and again for you, even if you have messed up again and again. You see, His purpose is to outlast and out-love all your resistance and disbelief and rebellion toward Him. He will not stop exercising the love for you and faith in you until you finally lose all disposition to resist His infinite, endless goodness toward you. He is waiting for that point where your inclination to sin even one more time will be totally overwhelmed and cast out of your soul forever and replaced with unwavering love for Him–as unwavering as His love has always been for you.
So read and always remember:
“Mercy satisfies justice.” (Mosiah 15:9; Alma 34:16)
“None of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost.” (D&C 50:41-42)
These are the verses that reveal that love is the final answer, and that God is love, and that when we finally love God enough to trust Him in all things, it will be because He has convinced us, finally, of His infinite love and benevolent purpose in all things–including and especially the hardest things, the most imperfect things we can imagine.
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