Friday, March 14, 2014

Have Compassion on Your Fellow Man

Today I read Zechariah 7 where the Lord reproves Israel for not caring for one another.  I remember the first time I learned that the sin for which Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed was actually because they forsook the poor and did not care for one another.  I found it really hard to accept at first.  We are all taught that they were destroyed for their sexual sins, which were quite heinous to be sure, but the Lord ultimately destroyed them due to their lack of compassion on the poor and the afflicted.  Here Heavenly Father is reproving the Israelites for the same thing.

When we ignore those of our own society, it says something about our priorities.  When we don't even have compassion on those people we see on a consistent basis, we are absolutely full of iniquity.  If we are so far gone that we are without love for our fellow man, we need to repent.  Zion is having no poor among you because you are of one heart and one mind.  You care for your neighbor as you care for yourself.  That is how the scriptures describe the city of Enoch.  That is how heaven will be.  If we hope to live with God one day, we need to care for others the way He cares for them.  And it starts today.  Repent if you need to, otherwise increase your efforts and do more.  Until tomorrow.

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