Are We Haters or Forgivers?

This is a General Conference Odyssey post.

(Sunday morning session, October 1977)

 

Our society today demands tolerance from everyone, however Elder Packer’s talk on The Balm of Gilead, I think, demands an even greater attribute. The Balm of Gilead is about forgiveness.

Do we really have too many haters around us? I believe none of us are true haters. We all just keep making mistakes because we’re human. The real problem is in the forgiving.

Elder Packer simply states: “Leave it alone.” By leaving it alone we don’t make things worse. We don’t let it fester and build up into some uncontrollable thing inside us. By leaving it alone, we don’t become haters. But we must become forgivers.

His other advice is also simple: “Obedience is a powerful spiritual medicine. It comes close to being a cure-all.”

Being followers of Jesus Christ, we want to be like Him, who is the Prince of Peace. Would we have the same accusations of hatred if we were more focused on following His example? What would Social Media be like if more of us would “leave it alone” and have more of a desire to obey Christ in peace?

If we hear or read something that “offends” us, we might simply leave it alone by forgiving and forgetting. And obedience to Jesus Christ will actually cure us of those unresolved, festering feelings.

There have been times when I strike out in an emotional situation. I regret that feeling because nothing good comes from it. Letting it go really works. And then, of course, to get your mind really off the situation, obedience to Jesus Christ becomes the ultimate cure. Going out to serve someone else, reading the scriptures, or praying for others has lifted me out of that awful moment that overcomes haters.

We don’t want to be haters, we want to be forgivers. For that is when peace will come. We want to do all we can to be like Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace.

 

 

Other GCO posts:

Practice Makes Tolerable   Nathaniel Givens

We Must Continually Look Up  Marilyn Nielson

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Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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