Today in Relief society we had a wonderful lesson taught by my friend Joan Martin, about bearing heavenly light.
One of the scriptural references for us to study was Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.”
We broke up into groups and discussed what these scriptures mean to us. Take a moment here and think about what this scripture says to you?
For me this scripture really talks about being a latter day saint. To me being a latter day saint is all about following Christ, learning about him and putting into place actions every day to become more like Him.
For instance keeping all the commandments in deed and in thought no matter if it is convenient or not. Forgiving and loving one another. Helping each other through hard times.
When we live a Christlike life it brings peace and great joy.
Jesus Christ said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in [the] darkness, but shall have the light of life.”3
What does this mean?
Simply this: He who humbly follows Jesus Christ will experience and share in His light. And that light will grow until it eventually dispels even the most profound darkness.
It means that there is a power, a strong influence, that emanates from the Savior. It proceeds “forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space.”4Because this power enlightens, uplifts, and illuminates our lives, the scriptures often call it light, but it is also referred to as spirit and truth. – Excerpt from President Uchdorf.
I have been living a Christ Centered Life for a little over two years now and I can testify that I have never felt such love, joy and peace in my life. It started with a humbling moment of prayer of no longer being able to go on the way I was, I asked for the truth and the path I should walk along. I reached out with my heart and soul and my prayers were answered. I know yours can be too!
I have never looked back since this life changing day. If you are living a new age life or not a Christ centered life I invite you to really ponder this piece of advice that comes from Matthew 7:15
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
What does this mean? Well when I was living other philosophies even though I was doing good things I was a good person my fruits that I bore were always bad. What I mean by this is I always did good deeds but bad things always happened to me.
I invite you to think about are you really getting what you want from this life? Is your soul at peace and your heart full of love? I apologise to anyone I may have mislead through meditation and Reiki. I testify to you that this is the way, a life with Christ. Try it, see his love and the fruits you may bear. You have nothing to loose right? (Well maybe some sorrow ;P. A lot of mine was removed).
Living a Christ centered life does not mean you will not have any trials. You will it is how we grow but you will never feel alone or out in the cold as you will always have your Heavenly Father to walk by your side.
If you want to hear more about being a bearer of heavenly light I invite you to listen to this wonderful talk by President Uchtdorf.