Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
Don’t listen to everything the world tells you. Listen to what you know to be true.
Strength and honour are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
This verse got me thinking:
Understanding is key. One of the most important things about the Savior is how well he understands us. He has felt our pains. He knows our trials intimately so he understands why we do and think and say the things we do, even when we’re making the wrong choices.
Loving thy neighbor as thy self is one of the greatest commandments we are given (John 13). Trying to understand each other, especially when we don’t see eye to eye is one of the best ways to nurture love. (Remember: Charity never faileth. [1 Corinthians 13])
I don’t know what to call this post, but please read it.
1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Today I am celebrating one year of being out of an abusive relationship. This has been such an amazing year. Putting my foot down when he tried to win me over again was the best thing I ever did for myself. It allowed me the freedom to love myself, live my own life, discover and embrace the Gospel, and find someone who treats me better than I could ever ask. I’ve learned what it means to be happy. Despite falling on some tough times by worldly standards, the last year of my life has been the greatest blessing. I have witnessed a miraculous transformation of myself and of my life. I am so thankful for these blessings and for everyone who played a part in them.
If anyone reading this is going through anything like I was, I’d be more than happy to talk. It took a very long time to see how bad things were (I’m still realizing it a year later.) and even longer to get out. It was perhaps the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. But the very first week, I felt better. I immediately saw that my life was better without that negative force looming over me every day. If you’re not happy, or if you’re not being treated well in your relationship, look inside yourself, do some evaluating, and realize that as a child of God you are worth more than that. You can do better and you deserve it.
I leave these things with you in Christ’s name. Amen.