Day 14 - What is the pure love of Christ?
· These past 14 days have I felt a greater love for my Savior and a greater conversion to his Gospel?
· Have I felt his love?
· Can I commit to live each day as he would?
When our hearts are filled with the love of God, something good and pure happens to us. We “keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.”
The more we allow the love of God to govern our minds and emotions—the more we allow our love for our Heavenly Father to swell within our hearts—the easier it is to love others with the pure love of Christ. As we open our hearts to the glowing dawn of the love of God, the darkness and cold of animosity and envy will eventually fade.
When our hearts are filled with the love of God, we become “kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving [each other], even as God for Christ’s sake [forgave us].” Let us be kind. Let us forgive. Let us talk peacefully with each other. Let the love of God fill our hearts. “Let us do good unto all men.” (.) (The Merciful obtain Mercy, Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2012 Conference)
One of the great heroes from the Old Testament was the prophet-warrior Joshua. He extended this invitation to the children of Israel, whom he led: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua’s declaration demonstrates true conversion to the gospel. For Joshua and all of us, conversion to gospel principles comes through righteously living the principles of the gospel and being true to our covenants with the Lord.
True conversion occurs as you continue to act upon the doctrines you know are true and keep the commandments, day after day, month after month.
I testify that we have a loving Heavenly Father whose greatest desire is to help and bless us in our efforts to live the gospel and be converted. He has clearly stated that His main focus and work is our “immortality and eternal life.” He desires to bring us home to His presence. I testify that as we act upon the doctrines of the gospel and put them into daily practice, we will become converted and will become the means of accomplishing much good in our families and in the world. May we all be blessed in our daily efforts to reach for that goal. (Be Ye Converted, Bonnie L. Oscarson, October 2013 Conference)
Knowing that the gospel is true is the essence of a testimony. Consistently being true to the gospel is the essence of conversion. (Converted unto the Lord, Elder David A. Bednar, October 2012 Conference)