No More Disposition to Do Evil – Mosiah 5:2

2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

The people of King Benjamin had a miraculous spiritual experience as they heard their king speak. In the prior chapter, we read that they “viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth” and that they pleaded with God to “apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins” (Mosiah 4:2). Like Enos, they received an answer to that heartfelt prayer, and they experienced “exceeding joy” and “peace of conscience” (Mosiah 4:3).
Now, they tell the king that their hearts have been changed, and that they have “no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” Are they finished? Have they completed their mortal test? Not yet, and King Benjamin clearly recognizes that they are still susceptible to temptation (Mosiah 5:11-12). But this nevertheless constitutes a significant milestone in their lives, with far-reaching implications. Mormon later tells us that some of the younger generation, who were too young to understand Benjamin’s words when he delivered them, later rebelled and “remained…in their carnal and sinful state; for they would not call upon the Lord their God” (Mosiah 26:4). The implication is that the people who did hear and understand, and who entered a covenant to obey the commandments of God (Mosiah 5:5-6), were faithful for the rest of their lives.
I am grateful that the Atonement has the power not only to sweep away our guilt (Enos 1:6) but also to change our desires. When our hearts are changed, we are still subject to temptation, and we still must choose to remain faithful, but we are fortified and empowered to resist that temptation.
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