This is the last installment in the series of the Plan of Salvation. Click here for previous posts in this series and why I’m writing this children’s book.
The process of becoming like Christ is called sanctification. As the Holy Ghost sanctifies us, we receive more light, knowledge, and love for others; which makes us happy because we also enjoy God’s presence in our lives. n order to be sanctified, God will ask us to sacrifice the temporary things of this world to choose the things of eternity. In order to strengthen us against the temptations we will face to cling too tightly to the things of this world, Christ has outlined, through His prophets, specific habits that focus our minds on life’s purposes and invite the Spirit into our lives.
Our habits become our bosses, and good habits will make us better people, while bad habits make us unhappy. Developing a good habit requires discipline, which is why those who have the habits of Christ are called His disciples. Enduring to the end means that we continue in the process of sanctification and do our best to follow the Spirit as Christ’s disciples until we are reunited with Jesus. Learning to understand the way the Spirit works with you can be a difficult process, as the Spirit works with each person differently. Recognizing and expressing gratitude is one of the fastest ways to open your heart to receive the Spirit in your life, so choosing to be grateful is a vital habit to develop.
We have been asked to make prayer and scripture study a daily habit. We are also told to work at developing habits of church attendance, fulfilling our callings, tithing and offerings, service, work, kindness, patience, as well as some other habits. Bad habits tend to make us selfish and keep us from noticing the needs of other people. But if we will develop good habits, our minds will be free to focus on things of lasting importance, and we will be blessed with charity for others.
Charity is the pure love of Christ and it is the most important identifying trait held by His disciples. Charity is to not worry about your self, but to see other people’s needs and then serve them. It is to see others as Christ sees them, which means you will love them and want them to be happy. If we don’t have charity, we won’t be able to do Christ’s work and practice being like He is. The greatest experiences in life are opportunities to do the things that He would do if He were here, because that is really why we came to earth in the first place, to be like Him. Part of the reason there is so much pain in this world is to help us notice the needs of others and grow to love them by sacrificing for them. The type of love called Charity gives us vision and it fills us with joy and peace.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
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