Thu - May 05, 2011 : 09:53 am
Mormon : 5 - Arms of Jesus
So, the past few days have been days of trial, and these days come and go largely, I believe, to help me remember the covenants I've made to God, and to help me remember how sweet it is to feel the Spirit.
When I read the end of verse 11, I wondered what those who had never felt "clasped in the arms of Jesus" might think of those words. Because, honestly, they're quite dramatic, and somewhat metaphoric. To be honest, I don't ever remember being literally "clasped in the arms of Jesus", but even saying that seems to diminish the feeling of the phrase, when in reality, it is the sweetest feeling on this earth. I know of no joy that supercedes that joy.
It is the joy that comes of knowing that no matter where I am, nor who I am with, nor what my current circumstances are, Christ loves me. He loves me in such a simple, tender way, words really aren't sufficient. To be "clasped in the arms of Jesus" is to give divine purpose to this life. It is to realize exactly who I am, and who I can become. It is the most unpretentious, pure, forgiving, and un-ending love I have ever felt, or can ever feel. You see, Jesus will love me no matter what I do. The miracle happens when I, in return, do my best to love Him back.
Christ is always at the door, waiting for us to open. He is eternally patient, and should our faith "be as a mustard seed", His love will come pouring in, and we will be "clasped in the arms of Jesus."
Sweet, sweet, sweet is the love of Jesus.
Good chapter today. Such simple, sweet words found in the midst of a time when the Nephites and Lamanites were rolling in the mire of wickedness, hunting and killing each other like never before.