Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

What is Charity?

"...and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.

And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all for all things must fail––

But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever...

Moroni 7:44-47

Have you ever wondered why it is that charity never faileth?

It's because Christ can't fail.

His love is that powerful.

We have spent the summer learning about that love.  The experience was life changing for me.  So much so, that I am about to start over and do it again, but slower this time.  Much slower.  Two pages a day.  So I can really focus on understanding His mercies.

The experience this summer taught me that I have a lot to learn about the character of Christ...about His love...about His tender mercies.

The learning has given me a glimpse of what Charity must be like.

I have come to believe that Charity is the outward expression of our testimony of Grace.

It is through His mercy that we experience His Grace.

It is through His Grace that we come to understand Charity.

I have a lot to learn.

So tomorrow I will end with Moroni who will plead with me to "remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men...and ponder it in your hearts." (Moroni 10:3)

And then I will open up the book and begin again...

"But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."  (1 Nephi 1:20)

Brother Butler and I have been talking about the direction of the blog now that the summer is over.

We have decided that instead of following a schedule we are going to post something that will bring us closer to Christ daily.  It might come from the scriptures.  Maybe from an upcoming lesson.  Perhaps an idea from one of our seminary classes.  Or it could be something we are doing in our family.

We are feeling spontaneous.

But one thing is certain...every blog will lead us closer to Him.

Daily.