“It Grieveth Me That I Should Lose This Tree” – Jacob 5:7

Eight times during the allegory of the olive tree, the Lord of the vineyard says something similar to, “It grieveth me that I should lose this tree” (Jacob 5:7, 11, 13, 32, 46, 47, 51, 66).

What is the significance of this statement? It testifies of his enduring love, and it clarifies why he keeps trying new things to save the trees and their branches.

When we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the name of Christ. We promise to emulate Him. We also promise to “mourn with those that mourn” and to “comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Mosiah 18:9), but that isn’t really a separate promise. He mourns when we mourn, and He is willing to comfort us when we need comforting.

Every time the Lord of the vineyard says, “It grieveth me that I should lose this tree,” he follows up with specific actions. He tries something new, and he gives the tree some time to see if his actions have been helpful. He is extraordinarily patient. Why? Because he loves the trees, and he doesn’t want to lose them.

We are the trees and the branches in this parable. God loves us and grieves when we are not flourishing. When we fail to respond to His guidance, He doesn’t give up on us. Often, He tries something different, in an effort to help us understand and improve.

Today, I will remember the persistence of God’s love for me. I will strive to emulate that persistence as I work with other people. If my efforts to help them are not working, I will remember the words, “It grieveth me that I should lose this tree.” I will not give up on them.

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