15 April 2015

Love Song of the Husband of Israel

'For this--the waters of Noah unto me,
   for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth,
   so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee.
For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,
   but my kindness shall not depart from thee,
   neither shall the covenant of my people be removed,'
   saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
 
'O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted!
Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors,
   and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
And I will make thy windows of agates,
   and thy gates of carbuncles,
   and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
   and great shall be the peace of thy children.
In righteousness shalt thou be established;
   thou shalt be far from oppression for thou shalt not fear,
   and from terror, for it shall not come near thee.
Behold, they shall surely gather together against thee, not by me;
   whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire,
   and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work;
   and I have created the waster to destroy.
No weapon formed against thee shall prosper;
   and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
   and their righteousness is of me,' saith the Lord." (~3 Nephi 22:9-17)
The kindness of our Lord is eternal. His kindness IS, just as He is I AM. He has mercy on us, and promises to comfort us, provide for us, protect us, and to seat us in safety beyond the reach of our accusers.  He promises us a safe habitation, and the continuance of His care. He will not break His promises. Ever.

Father, thank You so much for Your promises. Thank You for Your perfect constancy, and for the understanding that You will NEVER fail me. Ever. In a world where all things change, where no person is perfect, You ARE. And I praise You for it, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!