13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.
Mormon delivered this sermon to a group of “peaceable followers of Christ” who had “obtained a sufficient hope” that they were ready to “enter into the rest of the Lord.” Mormon could tell this because of the way they treated other people (Moroni 7: 3-4).
His intent in preaching this sermon was to teach them how to receive every good thing (Moroni 7:21), by exercising faith, obtaining hope, and developing the Christlike attribute of charity. The first step in this process was for them to learn to identify good things in the first place. It’s impossible to receive good things if we don’t even recognize them when we see them. As Mormon explains in the passage above, discerning good from evil is not complicated: Everything that motivates us to do good comes from God. It’s that simple.
The last part of the 13th article of faith reads, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” This echoes the following admonition from the Apostle Paul:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
Today, I will appreciate the good. I will ensure that I’m not so busy identifying and rejecting bad things that I fail to recognize and enjoy the good things in my life.