Saturday, November 27, 2010

Being Christ Like Through Trials

  Jesus Christ was perfect. However, this does not mean that he was exempt from facing temptation and experiencing trials. In fact, I feel that no mind can possibly comprehend all that He went through for us.
    We do know, from the scriptures, that the Son of God sweat drops of blood as he suffered for us. Elder Bruce R. McConkie states that the Savior's suffering "continued for some three or four hours. After this—his body then wrenched and drained of strength—he confronted Judas and the other incarnate devils. . . and he was led away with a rope around his neck, as a common criminal. . . to be judged. They took him to Annas, to Caiaphas, to Pilate, to Herod, and back to Pilate. He was accused, cursed, and smitten. Their foul saliva ran down his face as vicious blows further weakened his pain-engulfed body."
  With all that being said, it absolutely amazes me how the very Son of God reacts to life long torment and abuse. Matt 27:12 states: "And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing." Truly, Christ lived what he taught. In His "sermon on the mount" the Savior counsels us to turn the other cheek, even when we are rightfully wronged. Let us apply this Christ like attribute to our lives. When the Savior "was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but commited himself to him that judgeth righteously. (1 Peter 2:23)
  "We don't get to choose all our challenges, but we get to choose how we react to them."

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