He Hath Given It Free For All Men – 2 Nephi 26:27-28

27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.
28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden.
Heavenly Father loves all of His children with a perfect love.  If we want to follow Him, we need to view all of our brothers and sisters as having infinite worth.  The person who appears to be the least deserving of our attention is as precious in the sight of God as the person who seems most worthy of our respect.  Would our interactions with others be different if we could keep that perspective in mind throughout the day?
Clayton and Christine Christensen clarified that this principle relates specifically to our responsibility to share the gospel with those around us:  “We simply can’t predict who will or won’t be interested in the gospel,” they wrote, “and building a friendship is not a prerequisite to inviting people to learn about the gospel.”  (“Seven Lessons on Sharing the Gospel,” Ensign, February 2005)
Today, I will strive to see all of the people around me the same way my Heavenly Father views them: as His sons and daughters, of infinite worth and with extraordinary potential.  I will strive to share gospel principles freely and to be generous in inviting others to take actions which will enable them to “partake of his goodness” and “of his salvation.”

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  1. Great insight. I'm not always great about doing it, but sometimes when I get aggravated or frustrated with someone, I'll try to sing the modified Primary song “he (or she) is a child of God” in my head- turning the theme from our relationship with God to another's relationship with their Father. We often use this song for self affirmation in our own lives, but this helps me love and appreciate others more as the Lord does. When I do it, even when frustrated, I always have a better perspective and love for the person afterwards.


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