At the beginning of Jacob’s second sermon, he expresses sorrow that many innocent people in the congregation will be subjected to a strict call to repentance. He acknowledges the people present, “many of whose feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God. He says that he imagines that they have come to the meeting hoping “to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which healeth the wounded soul” (Jacob 2:7-8).
Jacob lamented that he had received a “strict commandment” from God to admonish those in the congregation who had begun to sin, even though he knew his strong words would be hard for the innocent to hear.
But after the admonition was over, Jacob turned his attention briefly to “the pure in heart.” To them, he spoke these comforting words:
Lift up your heads
and receive the pleasing word of God,
and feast upon his love;
for ye may,
if your minds are firm,
Elder Francisco J. Viñas explained:
The pleasing word of God…can be found in the scriptures and in the messages from our leaders, bringing us hope and comfort in the darkness of affliction….
The pleasing word of God invites us to use the power of the Atonement of Christ to apply it to ourselves and become reconciled with His will—and not with the will of the devil and the flesh—so we, through His grace, can be saved.
(“The Pleasing Word of God,” General Conference, October 2015).
Today, I will find solace and strength in the scriptures and in the words of modern prophets. I will remember that the pleasing word of God can heal my wounded soul and help me experience God’s love and grace.