Lately my mind has been called up to reflection as to what my life would be like without the Gospel. I have often sat and wondered what would be worth living for or how I would find lasting happiness. As I reflected upon these things, I thought about the relationships in my life–those I care about deeply and the love that we have shared. In my reflecting I came to the conclusion that without the Gospel, the only thing that would come close to bringing the same purpose and joy into my life is love–that deep and abiding love that is shared between people. Mothers, fathers, children, spouses, best friends, boyfriends; no matter where it comes from, to share a mutual feeling of pure love from someone who values you is a precious gift. Nothing else in the world, whether it be careers, money, traveling, school, music, etc., could be fulfilling enough for me to find true happiness.
Today, however, I have come to at last truly understand that the two divinely connect: the Gospel IS love! God is love. The reason that love exists and can be felt in its intimacies and extremities is because God has given it to us. That is what this life is all about. That is what God’s plan is all about. Pure and abiding love is the greatest joy we could ever experience.
Think of the purest love you have felt in your own life. Can you describe it?
The love of God “sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men, wherefore it is the most desirable above all things …Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.” 1 Nephi 11:22
I recently heard someone say that God does not love us because He is God, He is God because He loves us.
He loves us to an inexpressible extent. He “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Unconditional love is the foundation of the world. It is the foundation of the Gospel. It is the pure essence of Christ! It is His matchless gift to us.
Are you using it? Are you letting it fill your life? What is your foundation?
I want it to be absolutely clear that I love the Savior with my whole heart. His love has healed me. It has guided me, it has uplifted me, it has strengthened me, it has kept me safe, and it has filled me with an unspeakable fullness of joy. His unconditional love is the foundation that I have built my life upon, and because of that, I know I will never fall into hopelessness, loneliness, or despair.
These are the blessings that lie in store for those who come unto Him! If we truly understood that, would we let anything stop us from following Him?
CHOOSE NOW. Make the decision to follow Him and never turn back! For “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9