Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meekness, Weakness and Strength

Whenever I read Ether 12 and then blend that with Moroni 7, I am awed by the power and directness of Moroni's words

And wonder why he feels his writing is "weak" (Ether 12:23-25).

Because to me, Moroni's writing overcomes me as he testifies of faith in Jesus Christ, miracles, hope, discernment between light and dark, and, of course, charity - the pure love of Christ.

Today as I was pondering his words, this specific phrase tugged at my intellect and pulled at the understandings of my heart:

"My grace (meaning the Savior's) is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness" (Ether 12:26).

While I understand this phrase in the context of what Moroni is describing, I meditated how it can be applicable to me.  That's when I thought about the many times, in my meekness-less, I have taken advantage of the weakness of others.


Because I have done it!!  Not knowing that I was being meekless, because I was only being RIGHT.

Double Ouch!

Moroni continues to share the words of the Savior, writing,

"If men come unto me, I will show unto the their weakness. . . that if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in  me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them" (Ether 12:27).

Weak things like being meekless to others . . .

or being slow to observe . . .

or quick to judge . . .

or complacent in service . . .

or selective in sharing.

And thankfully, Moroni shares the simple key to overcoming meeklessness -  The key of being "fit to be numbered among the people of His Church" (Moroni 7:39).

It is by having FAITH in Christ.

For faith brings hope.

And hope brings charity.

And charity, brings us to Him.

"That when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him like He is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as He is pure."

He, who makes me - a weak thing - strong, because of His infinite, everlasting Atonement.

1 comment:

  1. Ether 12:27 has long been one of my favorite scriptures. It might have been my earliest favorite scripture from when I was a child. (I think I felt like I had a disproportionately large number of that verse gave me hope that one day I'd finally be supertotallyamazingawesome in all those [myriad] areas. that hope kept me going.)

    love your insights.

    i have to stop by again soon...i have a couple things for your family. maybe tomorrow afternoon. ♥