Scripture Challenge Week 6
18 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ.
19 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men.
20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.
22 And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair; and despair cometh because of iniquity.
23 And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me.
I believe there are always times when I, or I should say, most people, have times or moments of despair. Life is not always easy. It brings disappointments and sorrows, but we cannot allow ourselves to sallow in self pity and despair.
Despair comes because of iniquity. Some of our challenges are caused by the wrongdoings of others, but if we don’t allow hope, faith and charity into our hearts, we will remain in despair. We can’t allow our surroundings and outside influences to determine our attitude and disposition. We create our attitude and disposition for ourselves in our own hearts. We can’t blame it on others.
True happiness comes not just from our blessings and the pleasant things life brings, but mostly it comes from our knowledge of and our faith in our Savior and the plan of our Heavenly Father for us.