The Inequality of Man – Alma 28:13

13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.
14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing—sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.
(Alma 28:13)

We see inequality all around us. In the short run, life simply isn’t fair. The person who works the hardest doesn’t always receive the biggest reward. People are sometimes penalized for honesty and conscientiousness. And sometimes people work hard to serve others who are ungrateful and even unkind in return.
Those inequities, however, tend to resolve themselves with time. And because God is perfectly just, all the wrongs in the world will be righted in the end.
When that happens, the true and permanent inequality will become clear. As Mormon teaches us in the passage above, the only lasting inequality is caused by sin. Those who refuse to take advantage of God’s grace must suffer for the sins that they have committed. As Alma taught his son Corianton, “whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely; and whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come; but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds” (Alma 42:27).
Today, as I notice the injustices in the world, I will remember that the ultimate inequality is caused by sin. I will strive to overcome the temptations of the devil in my own life, and I will look for opportunities to strengthen other people so that they can also overcome temptation, receive the grace of God, and follow the path that leads to eternal happiness and peace.
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