2/13/2023 11:48:54 pm
"Whenever we start acting like curators who are in-charge of "the Christ Exhibit" (i.e., His Church), we demonstrate a level of pride on an order of magnitude that makes the angels weep (see D&C 76:26)."
2/15/2023 12:08:59 pm
Ben, the fact you're asking these questions shows you're open; knock and it shall be opened. For the past couple years I've vascillated back and forth regarding how "bold" I should be. Things sort of came to a head last year for me, when someone told me that my family and neighbors and ward members hadn't given me their "consent" to drop 'truth-bombs' on them. At first I thought, "What 'consent" do we need, other than the Spirit?" But upon further introspection, I saw how I had been, at times, "over bearing." The Spirit, on the other hand, is NOT over-bearing. So I might have taken some artistic liberties, believing I was doing God a favor by being plain-spoken, when in reality I was just being unfiltered and borish.
2/15/2023 12:16:47 pm
Here's the link to Clark's blog on Parables:
2/16/2023 05:57:16 am
I have a system I use when I read a new post on your blog. I read it once and think about it--the theme. Then I read it again a day or two later and focus on the analogies and just enjoy the words of God you use in support of or in contravention of the theme, like in this series, love and pride and how pride and love cannot coexist. Then I read it again and marvel at how Christ and His servants have communicated His Father's words to us which you use so effectively. Finally I try to think of a comment to write as I read it a fourth time. This is a challenge because because there is so much to comment on in each post, and in this case all I can say is Amen and Amen. How clever is Satan? He is the master of illusion. He can make us actually 'see' ourselves on the path that leads to to Tree of Life, while we are actually in the large and special building. And you have again captured that lie in this series. We mistakenly believe that we can define love, and experience only flawed human love. Sure we believe we are striving to love like Christ, but don't experience His love in us. Others want His love and pray for it with all their hearts (there it is again), and desire it above all else because it is most desirable. But because we are in the process of receiving His grace but because we are impure, we can only receive what we are willing to receive.
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