Wednesday, March 23, 2011

overcoming hate

Lately I've been thinking about the power Satan has over us. The power he has to tempt, entice, flatter, and trick us. When I see how much damage he has done, and imagine how he just laughs at it all - it makes me want to hate him. And for a long time I did hate him. He was the only person, or thing, that I ever truly hated. There are things that I don't like, people that frustrate and confuse me. But, hate? No. I don't think I have ever truly hated anything.
Except Satan.
Then, once upon a pondering, I realized that he only laughs that much more when I let myself do that. When I let that hate and anger rise up inside me, he is only more pleased of his influence. Hate, anger, fear - those are his emotions, his suborn.
What I can do: is feel sorry for him. Feel sorry that he will always be alone, no one will ever love him, he will be eternally miserable - and this he chose. In the eternities, he will be bound in solitude and torment. And of course, because of his pride, he wants us to be bound in that same state. He doesn't want anyone happy, even though he knows that no matter how many people he drags with him he will never have company.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Satan has already lost - long ago.
And the proof of this is stronger every time one of these amazing buildings is dedicated.

San Salvador Temple

in progress

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