Daily Scripture

Romans 14:12–13

12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

This one today is for me. I’m trying to understand more fully the gift of charity and the relationship between teaching doctrine (particularly to my own children) and teaching love. 

God gives us commandments because He loves us. He wants us to obey them because He loves us and knows they are the path to surest happiness. But He continues to love us even when we fall short and don’t obey. He does everything He can to help us feel His love and trust His direction, through the commandments, so we can be happy. 

He loves others too. He wants them to feel His love and choose to keep His commandments for the same reasons. They are His children. 

Sometimes they don’t. 

But that’s not our concern. Sometimes we don’t either. 

Everyone will stand before God to be judged. He knows each of our hearts. He knows our progress. He knows our limitations. He knows our circumstances. He will judge with justice and mercy. And He will hold each of us accountable. 

He just asks that we don’t become a stumbling block to anyone choosing to come to Him and keep His commandments more fully. The best way we can do that is to love, love, love. 

And through that love, hope that others will have a desire (just like we do) to come to Him, repent, access His Atonement, and keep the commandments more fully. 

So we teach doctrine. We teach the gospel. We testify of its power to lead us to Him. Truth is absolute. 

But then we love. And we lead others to Him through love.

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