The Arm of Mercy

I was thus studying this fine morning on the topics of repentance and forgiveness (The two are practically synonymous), when I came across this particular scripture in 3 Nephi, chapter 9:

12 And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land, and upon this people, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?

14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.

In life we often find ourselves spared of the destruction that comes upon this world. Is it because we are more righteous? At times… no, and at times… yes. If we are more righteous, it is only because of the mercy of God, that he has given us knowledge that others are not as fortunate to have. I am blessed to have a knowledge and comprehension of Christ’s gospel. The commandments we are given keep us safe. Through the Word of Wisdom, we are saved from the destruction of our physical bodies, which in turn strengthens our spirits. Through the Law of Chastity, we are saved from the destruction of our spirits and the heartache and mistrust that has entered so many homes. Through the Law of Tithing our faith is strengthened, and we are saved from the destruction of doubt and fear.

Obedience to God’s commandments spares us from the spiritual tremors that so often shake the world, but that does not make us perfect. “Will ye not now return unto me…?” Christ asks. Even though we are spared, we must always turn unto Christ and repent. His arm of mercy is extended. He desires to heal us. After we are spared from the destruction of the world, will we forget by what power and mercy we were spared, or will we turn to our Savior and repent so that He may heal us?

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