I’m taught a lot through music. Some people can recall scriptures at a moments notice. I am not one of those people. I have a hard time memorizing scriptures and remembering where they are located and the story behind it all. I’ve been studying my scriptures regularly for almost 20 years now, and can recall small parts of verses, but if I have a specific scriptural though come to mind, I ask Brandon where it is. He always knows.
But music is so different for me. Music sticks with me. Music is the language of my soul. And there can be so many gospel principles found in one song. One of my favorite hymns gave me a line to ponder last weekend.
On the cross at Calvary.
Let thy glory round us shine.
For a long time, the first two lines of that hymn are what ran through my head when I was having a hard day with my boys, or the fighting was getting out of hand.
This weekend, another line stuck out to me. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a post from Humans of New York:
“I’ve never been in a relationship. I haven’t even told my parents that I’m gay. I was sitting with my mother at dinner the other night, and a gay couple walked by holding hands. She said to me: ‘I don’t know why they have to do that in public.’ I didn’t say anything. But I was looking at her, thinking: ‘How do I tell you that’s what I want more than anything?’”
As I read it, the line “Teach us tolerance and love” came to my mind.
What if a part of the way we become more like our Father is to learn tolerance and love for the actions and choices of others?
Moroni 7:47 says, “But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him”.
Then consider this, another favorite of mine:
“We often equate charity with visiting the sick, taking in casseroles to those in need, or sharing our excess with those who are less fortunate. But really, true charity is much, much more.
“Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again. …
“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended. … Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.” (Marvin J. Ashton)
If charity truly is the pure love of Christ, and this quote is a very small definition of true charity, then what do we have to learn about tolerance and love?
Jesus said the second great commandment is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Love is the great healer of all. “Love is the beginning, the middle, and the end of the pathway of discipleship. It comforts, counsels, cures, and consoles. It leads us through valleys of darkness and through the veil of death. In the end love leads us to the glory and grandeur of eternal life.” (Joseph B. Wirthlin)
Obviously, there are some horrific and tragic choices being made that can’t be tolerated, and they will receive their judgement at the bar of God, but we are commanded to love. Love essential to our own salvation.
Love always wins.