Wednesday, November 26, 2014

3 Nephi 11

(November 26, 2014)
                I think I am far too permissive with myself with contention.  The Lord’s language here is unambiguous – we are commanded to not engage in contention.  The Lord does not say, do not be contentious if you are wrong.  He doesn’t say, don’t be contentious unless the other person is contentious.  He doesn’t say, don’t be contentious unless not being contentious wouldn’t work effectively.  He doesn’t even say, don’t be contentious except when the other person isn’t dealing in good faith.  He is clear – contention (all contention) is of the Devil.

                Not only that, but this is the second (or third, if you count His expression of His divinity) message that the risen Christ brings to the people of Nephi.  Here is how you baptize.  Don’t be contentious.  We understand the importance of baptism, but have we internalized just how important avoiding contention is.  I know it is something I still need to work on.

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