All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
This morning I read the following words, and was comforted and encouraged. The words are not spoken to those who seek the Lord occasionally, but to those who “follow after righteousness.”
“Harken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord... For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord.”
When the Lord comforts you, you will speak that comfort to others. You will choose to speak words of comfort rather than blame. When the Lord makes your wilderness like Eden, you will want the light that is so precious and glorious to you to shine upon their pathway. “Joy and gladness shall be found therein; thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
This is the salvation that we need. Let us seek for it, pray for it. Let us confess our sins one to another, and clear the King’s highway. Let us present to our Saviour all our difficulties, and receive his help and encouragement, that we may learn how to be a blessing to the world.
Let us understand our need of communion with God. We are to experience the sanctifying power of his grace on the human heart. We are to be submissive to the will of God.
Let there be no scolding, no fretting in the home. Exact obedience in your family; but while you do this, seek the Lord with your children, and ask him to come in and rule.
Your children may have done something that demands punishment; but if you deal with them in the Spirit of Christ, their arms will be thrown about your neck, they will humble themselves before the Lord, and will acknowledge their wrong. That is enough. They do not then need punishment. Let us thank the Lord that he has opened the way by which we may reach every soul.
My brethren and sisters, seek the Lord while he may be found... May the Lord help you to take hold of this work as you have never yet taken hold of it.
— The General Conference Bulletin, May 18, 1909
Seek for His salvation, pray for it. Confess your sins to one another and clear the King’s highway.
Commune with God to experience the sanctifying power of His grace on your heart. Be submissive to the will of God.
Present all your difficulties to the Savior. Receive His help and encouragement that you may learn how to be a blessing.
Seek the Lord with your children and ask Him to come in and rule your home. Thank the Lord that He opens the way by which we may reach every soul.