June 23, 2017-What reward have ye?

Good morning!

In my recent studies I have been reflecting on and pondering the teachings of Christ in the book of the New Testament. Of one account Jesus said,
“When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee; for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
In effect Christ is saying, “There is no joy or honor in serving those who serve you. There is nothing good about being kind to those that are kind to you. What makes you think you will be rewarded for helping those that help you?”
Just as clear as in the previous account, Jesus teaches the same principle in his sermon on the mount when he says,
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you;”  Which is then followed by the sobering question,
“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”
It is my determination that there is nothing good and there is no reward in doing which you are due. That is one of the many reasons Christ is the only one that could atone for our sins. Everyone else would have deserved it so it would not have worked. Even if another was physically capable of suffering in such a way and able to survive it would have done nothing for the salvation of man because any other man would have deserved that punishment given. It is my hope that we can all look for ways to turn out from ourselves and find ways to help those do not want helped. Forgive those who feel they do not deserve forgiving. Love those who do not want to be loved. And keep giving to those who keep taking.
I Love you all and am so grateful for your support.
Elder Wade

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