14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil….
19 Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.
We need to distinguish good from evil not only in order to avoid evil but also to embrace good. Righteousness is more than the absence of wickedness, and merely refraining from sin does not produce the joyful life. Isaiah reproved not only those who call evil good, but also those who call good evil (Isaiah 5:20), and Mormon’s goal in this sermon is for his people to “lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not.”
Today, I will focus on the positive things in my life and will be grateful for the blessings I have received from God. I will strive for discernment, not only to “refuse the evil,” but also to “choose the good” (Isaiah 7:16).