Monday, December 5, 2016

Nativity Countdown #5

Here's another one I made myself. It's from a little cross-stitch kit I picked up one year during the after-Christmas clearance sales. I imagine the original plan was to make more using supplies I had available at home. Someday I may still do that, but it hasn't happened yet.

The Savior was meek and humble, even though he had every reason to be arrogant and proud. As I look at this little ornament, I am reminded of the importance of increasing my own meekness and humility, two Christ-like attributes that aren't necessarily prevalent in today's society.

I remember really liking this Ensign article on the subject, which included this conclusion:

"We cannot simply repent of being weak—nor does weakness itself make us unclean. We cannot grow spiritually unless we reject sin, but we also do not grow spiritually unless we accept our state of human weakness, respond to it with humility and faith, and learn through our weakness to trust in God. When Moroni fretted about the weakness of his writing, God did not tell him to repent. Instead, the Lord taught him to be humble and to have faith in Christ. As we are meek and faithful, God offers grace—not forgiveness—as the remedy for weakness. Grace is an enabling power from God to do what we cannot do on our own—the appropriate godly remedy by which He can “make weak things become strong.”

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