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Some men say, "We must find God before we can love our fellow men." Is it not
 more nearly in keeping with the truth to say: "We shall find our God by living and
 loving our brethern"? I think it is. Shall we say that a man first loves God and then
 spontaneously will love his neighbor? The New Testament reverses that order.
 "For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom
 he hath not seen?" (1 John 4:20) Shall we say that a man first is forgiven by God and
 then naturally overflows into magnanimous relations with his fellows? The New Test-
ament puts it the other way around. "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither 
will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matt 6:15) Shall we say that the worship of
 God comes first and love of man inevitably follows? The New Testament states the 
contrary: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the alter, and there rememberest that thy 
brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first
 be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." (Matt 5:23-24) Shall we
 say that the right attitude toward Christ is the precedent condition of a right attitude to-
ward men? The New Test- ament says it is impossible to take a right attitude toward Christ
 with- out taking an unselfish attitude toward men. "Insomuch as ye have done it unto one 
of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me." (Matt 25:40) We may think as
 we please, but there is no question about what the Bible thinks. In the New Testament
 there is no road to the heart of God that does not lead through the heart of man.
 -Spencer W. Kimball

1 comment:

Auntie Cathy said...

So fun to get caught up on your wonderful blog. You are truly a wise and beautiful woman. It was a delight being with you and our Logan relatives for a few hours today. Thanks again!