Understand the Powerful Message of Our Heavenly Father’s Love Toward Us
And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?
~ Moses 7:28 ~
Surely our Heavenly Father weeps – just as parents on this earth do – when one goes astray and rejoices when he returns to the fold. Each who comes into this life is given free agency to choose for himself whether he will follow good or evil, and sometimes, exercising that agency, he chooses evil over good. But that shouldn’t keep us from continually searching for our lost sheep, trying to find them and bring them home again.
~ Church News Archives – No Empty Chairs ~ July 28, 1990, ~
In Word: No single individual can comprehend the depths of our Heavenly Father’s love. Even as parents, we may have a small idea of His great love toward us. Scripture repeats the one main characteristic about our Heavenly Father. God is Love (1 John 4:8). It is because of His love toward us that he sent Jesus Christ (John 3:16). The Apostle Paul writes that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). It is this love that the Book of Mormon reveals unto us.
This deep love God has for each one of us is only experienced when we enter a true and intimate relationship with Christ and our Heavenly Father. It is this deep and enriching love that our Heavenly Father’s plan and purpose can be fulfilled. It is this deep and enduring love whereby the plan for our own eternal happiness was laid out so that we can partake in His attributes and find true meaning and purpose in this life. When we weep, our Heavenly Father weeps with us. When we mourn, He mourns with us. Yet, because of our moral agency, we fall short. This is expressed by the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Ephesus when he wrote and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30). This grieving is a deep sorrow and mourning. Such as what Enoch observed.
In Deed: How is it that we are to not grieve the Holy Spirit of God? It is through divine love that is only available through our faith in Jesus Christ. It is when, as the Apostle Paul instructs, we put away all bitterness, clamour, malice, wrath, anger, and evil speaking (Ephesians 4:31). Instead, we are to be forgiving, kind, and tenderhearted toward one another (v. 32). We cannot proclaim to be disciples of Christ when we do not love one another (John 13:35).
At the core of the message of hope. Core of the plan of happiness – is the love our Heavenly Father has toward each one of us. And it is expressed when we come to understand and know who Christ is, are blessed by the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ, and can walk in fellowship one with another. It is the basis, as the Savior said, of the two commandments. Our love toward God and our love toward one another. With this deep intimate love, we too shall find ourselves weeping as our Heavenly Father weeps. What sweet comfort does this message give to each one of us.
Take a Moment and Ponder: It is said that as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that God is a distant father. Yet, through revelation and scripture we understand God’s depth of love toward each one of us. How does Enoch’s vision of God weeping help you understand and draw closer to our Heavenly Father? To Jesus Christ? How does Enoch’s vision help you come to understand God’s love toward you? While we may not come to a full knowledge of God’s deep and unending love toward us – we are blessed to know that He truly cares for each one of us. Have you ever experienced a moment in your life where you were grieved and felt the love of our Heavenly Father?
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