26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
At the beginning of this chapter, King Benjamin’s people responded to his teachings by humbling themselves and praying for forgiveness of their sins. Their prayers were answered: “they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which king Benjamin had spoken unto them” (verse 3).
Now, he teaches them how they can retain this remission of their sins over time (and the joy and peace which accompanies it). They need to serve the people in need around them. He gives three specific examples of this service:
- Feed the hungry
- Clothe the naked
- Visit the sick
But these are only examples of the many ways people around us may be in need. As Benjamin emphasizes at the end of the verse, we need to administer to the relief of people “both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.”
Today, I will pay more attention to the needs of the people around me. I will be quicker to administer to their relief, whether their needs are purely physical in nature or whether they are emotional or spiritual.
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