Which He Hath Bestowed – Moroni 7:48

48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
(Moroni 7:48)

There are certain attributes, certain capabilities, which we cannot develop on our own, no matter how hard we try. When I ponder the characteristics of a person with charity (Moroni 7:45 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7), I recognize how far I fall short of the pure love of Christ, and I recognize that I need His help in order to become a person with those characteristics.
God has promised to prepare a way for us to obey every commandment He gives (1 Nephi 3:7), and He has commanded us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). As John pointed out, God’s love is so central to His character that to love Him and to love one another is to be born of Him, and to know Him is to feel His love (1 John 4:7-12). Therefore, the commandment to love as He loves is really the commandment to know Him (to “see him as he is”) and to become like Him (to “be purified even as he is pure.”) This is no small commandment!
I don’t expect to receive this gift all at once, but I do believe that God will bestow this gift upon me if I choose to be a “true follower of his Son.” On this day of giving and receiving gifts, I will remember that the greatest gifts, the gifts with eternal significance, come from our Heavenly Father, through the grace of Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate today:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

Merry Christmas!

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