Saturday, March 2, 2019

We Can Do It!

For this week’s topic in my marriage course we are learning about Pride and how it can and often is detrimental in a marriage, but what is Pride? President Ezra Taft Benson said that, “Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are elements of the sin, but the heart, or core, is still missing.

The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen. Enmity means “hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition.”
I found it so interesting that we have so much focus on the elements of the sin, but at the heart of it, pride is so much deeper. Pride destroys marriages because in our hearts there is hatred, hostility, or a state of opposite. Those aren’t exactly the feelings that we promised to have when we chose the person to love and to cherish for all eternity, or for some, at least until death do you part. With pride, it is likely you will be parting a lot sooner.
So what can we do about it? How can we fix it? President Benson thankfully shared that answer as well when he stated, “The antidote for pride is humility—meekness, submissiveness. It is the broken heart and contrite spirit.”

How can we be humble? He shared wise council on that as well:
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are.”
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by receiving counsel and chastisement. We can choose to humble ourselves by forgiving those who have offended us.”
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by rendering selfless service.”
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by going on missions and preaching the word that can humble others.”
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by getting to the temple more frequently.”
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by confessing and forsaking our sins and being born of God.”
·       “We can choose to humble ourselves by loving God, submitting our will to His, and putting Him first in our lives.”
Let us choose to be humble. We can do it. I know we can.”
Just as President Benson knows that we can choose to be humble, I know that we can too. It’s hard, but it is so worth it when it comes to forming lasting, eternal relationships with those whom we love. They are worth it, and so are we.


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