|God’s Forgiveness, God’s Trust||June 9, 2005|
I know I promised to post again on worldly learning, there are several things to clear up. But something Mari said sparked a thought that I feel impressed to share first. Mari spoke of some difficulty with her mother, I have no idea what it is. I’m surprised, how much trouble could a middle-aged woman possibly cause? Middle-aged women seem sweet and harmless to me. But anyway the issue that came up is the difference between forgiveness and trust. We are required to forgive all men. But we don’t have to trust them. And from God, we want God not just to forgive us but to trust us. And in this we come to the great things of eternity.
To see this we can look at our great examplar Jesus Christ and even God himself. In the end they forgive everyone, even the telestial are let out of hell and will be clean from their sins. But they do not associate with everyone. The telestial only have the presence of the Holy Ghost, the terrestrial the ministrations of Jesus, and only those in the celestial kingdom with associate with the Father. These he calls “my friends.” But even beyond association is trust. Only those who enter the highest degree of the celestial kingdom become sons of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. To them God trusts all that he hath, all things are subject to them, all heights and all depths, they are gods. These great powers and exceeding weight of glory are trusted only to those who have proved themselves at all hazards. For in the wrong hands these powers would be very dangerous. So they are only trusted to those willing to live all his laws, and forsake the world and despise the shame of it.
The meaning of the Prodigal Son is greatly misunderstood. It is not the milk for the masses as presented in the Church film a few years back. The deep meaning was taught I think by President Spencer W. Kimball. Is it a story of forgiveness, yes. But is it a story of regained trust, no. Did he get another inheritance, no. It was irretrieviably lost. The older son, he gets a bad rap. Remember what he is told. My son, thou art always with me, all that I have is thine. For those who have ears to hear, this is the language of exaltation which the prodigal son could not get back again.
And so it is that those who like the prodigal son must come to their senses only in hell, only when it is thrust upon them out of necessity, cannot be trusted or even have association with the Father and Son. And again, those who grumble and doubt and wring their hands and are blinded by the craftiness of men, these are whom the scriptures say are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus. These also cannot be trusted and only have association with the Savior. And again, only those who seek to live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God shall have the association and the trust of the Father. Who seek to receive instructions and commandments from him, like Abraham the great type of the exalted father, who achieved it only through his willingness to forsake everything, departing the comfortable world he knew including his wicked fathers, for a land the Lord God would show him.
Dear Mari. In an earthly pattern I don’t know what application this has for you. Do you have to forgive your mother, yes. Does this mean you have to associate with her, not necessarily. Does this mean you have to trust her, again not necessarily.