3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.
In this chapter, the sons of Mosiah, who had undergone a miraculous transformation from persecutors of the saints to disciples of Christ, plead with their father to let them travel to the land of their enemies and preach the gospel. King Mosiah is somewhat hesitant but allows them to go when God assures him that He will protect them in their missionary service.
I learn two lessons about charity from the verse above:
- Charity is rooted in empathy. We serve other people because we identify with them. Their suffering has become our suffering, and so we desire to relieve their pain as naturally as we avoid pain.
- The closer we come to God, the more we feel this empathy for His children.
Today, I will strive to feel empathy for the people around me as the sons of Mosiah did. I will pray to have the Spirit of the Lord with me, which will help me to identify with other people and to seek their happiness and success as I would seek my own.