"There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah"
2 Nephi 2:8 (The Book of Mormon)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

He Healed Them

"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings..."
Malachi 4:2

"And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all."
Matthew 12:15

One of the over-arching themes of conference for me this weekend was "finding purpose and comfort in our trials and afflictions."  As we have discussed before on this blog, life can sometimes be downright painful.  Taking the yoke of the Savior upon ourselves and walking the path He would have us walk, is necessary to our "putting on the divine nature".  If we will suffer with Christ our trials can become the tools our loving Father uses to build our character, purify our hearts and expand our souls.  We can trust that through Him, none of the pain we experience in this life will be in vain.  God will work all things together for our good!  Throughout the Savior's ministry, countless people came to Him seeking wholeness.  I am not aware of one soul who He ever turned away.  Those who sought healing at His feet received.  As I have pondered on these principles the spirit has illuminated my mind with new understanding.  The completeness and healing we seek at the feet of the Savior can only be found as we work through the infirmities of mortality.  It is here that our character is refined and that we come to know the Savior more completely.  Without the infirmity there could be no wholeness!  

The Savior chose to experience pain and affliction so that He could understand us completely and know how to succor us in our pain and weakness.  Perhaps we also need to experience the depths of mortality, the pain and suffering, in order to more fully understand Him!  Never before and never since the life of the Savior, has any man experienced even a fraction of the grief, pain and suffering that He did.  Each time I experience heartache or injury... my thoughts are turned to the incomparable Christ who suffered infinitely more... beyond my ability to comprehend! The trials of mortality are a small price to pay to come to know and understand Him better! Today, while we cannot physically reach out and touch His robe, it is my testimony that His healing still extends to all who seek Him and to each who fears His name.  It is my testimony, that if we will be pliable in His hands, He will mold us into far greater beings than we can currently imagine!  For those who honor Him, He has promised "glories yet unseen".


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