A Man of Sorrows – Mosiah 14:3

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

The Savior experienced His share of sorrow and unhappiness during His mortal ministry.  One reason for that sorrow is the compassion He felt for others (see Matthew 23:37).  In the words of Elder Lance B. Wickham:

Grief is the natural by-product of love. One cannot selflessly love another person and not grieve at his suffering…. The only way to avoid the grief would be to not experience the love; and it is love that gives life its richness and meaning.  (“But If Not,” General Conference, November 2002)

We know that our Heavenly Father experiences sorrow for the suffering of His children (see Moses 7:28-41).  As we strive to emulate His example and love other people, we can expect to feel sadness at times as well.  After all, one of the promises we make when we enter the covenant of baptism is to “mourn with those that mourn” (Mosiah 18:9).
Today, I will be grateful for a Savior who loved us enough to willingly bear our griefs and carry our sorrows.  I will recognize that an important part of my discipleship is to feel sorrow on behalf of the people I love.

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