I want to share what I studied in the scriptures last night. This is a copy and paste directly from my journal.
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and
be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason
of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
does it mean to sanctify the Lord in my heart? It means to bind myself
to Him and dedicate myself to His sacred purposes. I need to have His
purposes in my heart. I need to live with hope and love and exemplify
His work, and when people ask why I am so hopeful or how I have so much
joy, I need to tell them why, and that is through God and Christ, and
that I am sanctifying my life to Him.
Have I been
sanctifying myself to Him? I'm not perfect at it, but ultimately, that
is what I want to do. I know that this life would mean nothing if not
for God and Jesus Christ. I know that I am here to be tested and to live
with them again, and I know that I am supposed to do their work. I do
want to be a servant to them. I want to see joy and happiness here, and I
want to share that with others. I want to be a beacon of light in this
world of darkness and decay. I want others to feel what I feel.
can I sanctify myself? Through trying to follow God's will. Through
selfless service--to my husband, to my family, to members of my ward, to
everyone I come in contact with. I need to see beyond myself.
1 Peter 3: 17-18
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit:
When I read this today, it made
me think of the fact that just because we follow the Lord's plan for us
and are doing the right things does not mean things will be super easy.
We will still suffer trials and hardships, even when we are "well
doing." But, it will be better if our sufferings come and we are doing
well than doing evil. The trials we could experience from doing wrongs
could be much harder and feel more hopeless if we are not doing good and
leaning on Christ.
Christ was perfect, and he suffered
more than anyone. Why would I think that just because I am following the
Lord's plan, I should have an easier time? I shouldn't think that at