Sunday, January 3, 2010
"The Tender Mercies of the Lord"
David A. Bednar, Liahona, May 2005, 99–102; or Ensign, May 2005, 99–102
The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The gift of faith and an appropriate sense of personal confidence.
Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience.
The persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties.
Faithfulness and obedience enable us to receive these important gifts.
Fortify and protect us in the troubled times.
Made mighty even unto the power of deliverance
“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.
Mercy is the compassionate treatment of a person greater than what is deserved, and it is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father knows our weaknesses and sins. He shows mercy when He forgives us of our sins and helps us return to dwell in His presence.
The Savior stood in our place and suffered the penalty for our sins. Because of this selfless act, the Father can mercifully withhold punishment from us and welcome us into His presence.
Mercies that come from God through the Atonement
- Forgiveness, as we sincerely repent of our sins.
- Blessings we receive is an act of mercy
- Answers to prayers
- Guidance from the Holy Ghost
The Savior commanded: "Be ye . . . merciful, as your Father also is merciful" (Luke 6:36).
We can strive to rid our life of arrogance, pride, and conceit.
We can seek ways to be compassionate, respectful, forgiving, gentle, and patient, even when we are aware of others' shortcomings.