“And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them; but that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.” (Alma 34:40-41)
We should have patience with others, and not attack them for supposed or actual transgressions against us. We should avoid doing this so as to not become just as bad or worse than them. Doing this will strengthen our faith and hope to one day be with our Heavenly Father and obtain his eternal rest.
These verses popped out at me because of the everyday occurrences of people who seem to want nothing more than to lay waste to all they see. In such a climate as this, it is especially hard to ‘turn the other cheek’ instead of taking ‘an eye for an eye’. As a natural man, it is especially hard for me to build my faith in a great sense of justice, when it has such a hard time existing in this life. I know that in order to truly become who I am meant to be, I must overcome these natural tendencies, and build my faith in God’s justice. This scripture reminded me to do just that.