Thursday, April 24, 2014

Moroni 7:13 -- On Inviting Good

"But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God."
Moroni 7:13


In a confusing world, this seems really clear and helpful.  Everything which invites us to do good and love God is inspired by him... and things that pull us away from God or invite us to do evil are not.  Seems like this can be helpful in sorting out not only our habits and activities, but also our emotions, conversations, and even sometimes friends in extreme cases.  Not that we shouldn't love everyone, of course.  We should.  But we don't have to hang out with everyone, or invite everyone's influence into our lives.  If we're being influenced for evil rather than us influencing others for good, then maybe the situation isn't safe for us.
The idea of inviting good is a powerful one.  Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where there doesn't seem to be a good answer.  In those cases, maybe inviting good in is the answer.  Finding a way to infuse it into the situation.  Praying for help in finding the good solution, wherever it is.
Today, let's make some good choices and make sure that we are not only surrounding ourselves with good, but that we are encouraging good in others.  It's easy to sometimes slip into encouraging tension or conflict.  It's easy to want to get our own way, to be the winner and the other person the loser.  Let's find ways to encourage peace and love and unity.  Let's rethink some of our interpersonal conflicts and talk about them with God.  Let's find ways to be good and to invite others to good.  Let's invite good and be inspired. :)