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Scripture Commentary — 3 Nephi 12 to 14


The Constitution for a Perfect Life, as taught by President Harold B. Lee

3 Nephi 12 to 14 — The Constitution for a Perfect Life, taught by President Harold B. Lee; Ten principles of spiritual happiness found in the Sermon on the Mount:

The Ten Principles of Spiritual Happiness

  1. Forgiving
  2. Fairness
  3. Judging
  4. Self-control
  5. Service
  6. Prayer
  7. Communication
  8. The Spirit
  9. Priorities
  10. Jesus Christ!

 

1. Principles of forgiving and forgiveness:
.      12:2 — humility, humble to be forgiven, humble to forgive
.      12:5 — meekness leads to inheritance, inheritance come from family
.      12:7 — mercy begets mercy
.     
12:9 — peacemakers make peace
    12:23-25 — the Lord cannot forgive us if we do not forgive others
.      12:43-45 — love your enemies, pray for those who misuse you
    12:47 — old things are done away
    13:11,14-15 — The Lord will forgive us as we forgive others
    Application:
    * See and understand others’ points of view.
.      * Put yourself in another persons’ shoes or place.
    * Remember and emphasize the good times.
    * Speak and converse and discuss only when calm and in control.
    * Forget about who is right and who is wrong.
    * Rely on the Spirit to help you forgive.
    * Doctrine and Covenants 64:10.

2. Principle of fairness
.     
12:38-42 — not an eye-for-an-eye, but do unto others, walk the extra mile
.      14:6 — keep confidences
.      14:12 — The Golden Rule     
.      Application:
    * Go the extra mile.
.      * Don’t ‘keep score’.
    * Don’t think 50:50 — think 100:100.
    * Be sensitive to your spouse’s needs; we are all different.
    * Learn to speak the ‘love language’.
    * Never divulge confidences. 

3. Principle of compassion (being non-judgmental)
.      12:7 — the merciful shall obtain mercy
.      14:1-5 — you will be judged with the very same judgment that you render
 .      Application:
    * Keep talking, remain open to discussion.
.      * Always give the benefit of the doubt to those you interact with.
    * Have realistic expectations for your spouse.
    * Remember that strengths and weaknesses differ among individuals.
    * Look for ways that YOU can change. 

4. Principle of self-control (overcoming anger)
.      12:22-25 — anger is wrong in any situation, we can’t come unto  Christ with anger, be agreeable, reconcile
    12:39 — don’t retaliate; act, don’t react
.      12:5 — blessed are the meek
.      12:9 — peacemakers
 .      Application:
.      * No one benefits from expressions made in anger.
    * If you reprove, show love afterwards and before.  (Doctrine and Covenants 121)
     * Avoid labels and name-calling.
.      * Increase your self-control.
.      * Seek the Spirit.

5. Principle of service
.      12:14-16 — service to family and others
    13:1-4 — do alms, but not to boast or glorify self
.      14:15-20 — by their fruits
.      12:9 — peacemakers
 .      Application:
.      * When ye are in the service of your fellow-men….  (Mosiah 2:17)
    * Teach them to love one another and serve one another.  (Mosiah 4)
     * Serving promotes unselfishness.

6. Principle of prayer
.      12:4 — comfort can come in times of sorrow or despair
    13:5-13 — the Lord knows what we need even before we ask
.      14:7-11 — pray, ask, seek, knock
 .      Application:
.      * The time when we least feel like praying is the time when we need to pray the most!

7. Principle of godly communication
.      12:9 — peacemakers make PEACE!
    12:36-37 — yea, yea, nay, nay, be concise, precise, and kind
.       Application:
.      * Be straightforward
    * Freely communicate, don’t ‘clam up’
     * Keep your communication simple, easily understood
.      * Be forthright and honest in you communications
.      Don’t participate in or foster ‘guessing games’
.      * Do not participate in name calling, gossiping, or demeaning speech

8. Principle of obtaining and maintaining the Spirit
.      12:1 — heed the ‘words’ of our leaders (General Conference, Liahona, scriptures)
    12:2 — bear your testimony, bare your testimony, testify of things you know
.      12:3 — be humble, contrite, lowly in spirit
.      12:6 — seek righteousness, seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit
.      12:19-20 — believe, repent, come unto Christ, be teachable and receptive
.      12:27-30 — refrain from inappropriate sexual behavior or thought
.      13:1,15,16,19 — serve, pray, fast, be righteous
.      13:33 — seek the Kingdom of God first and foremost
.      14:7-11 — ask, seek, knock
.      14:15-20 — follow the prophet
.      14:21,24 — do the will of God in all things and in all times
.       Application:
.      * Prophets, commandments, fasting
    * Testimony, Christ, prayer
     * Humility, purity, scriptures

9. Principle of proper priorities
.      12:6 — thirst for righteousness (#1 priority)
    12:24 — full purpose of heart
.      12:47 — old things are done away, focus on the ‘new’ things
.      12:6 — seek righteousness, seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit
.      13:1,5,16,20 — serve, pray, fast, righteous living
.      13:10 — THY will be done, not mine!
.      13:19-21 — spiritual priorities
.      13:33 — seek the Kingdom of God FIRST and always
.      14:13-14 — the way is narrow and hard, but very worth it!
.       Application:
.      * Keep your eyes focused on Christ and God
    * Grasp the iron rod, don’t just ‘cling’ to it

10. Principles of a Christ-centered life
.      12:1 — BELIEVE in Christ!
    12:2 — believe those who testify of Christ, have confidence and trust in them
.      12:3 — come unto Christ and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven
.      12:19 — come unto Christ
.      12:20 — come unto Christ and be saved
.      12:23-24 –– rid yourself of anger and come unto HIM
.      12:48 — become like Christ!
.      13:33 — seek the Kingdom of God FIRST and always
.      14:13-14 — a life (or marriage) built upon the Savior and His teachings is strong and will withstand assaults
.       Application:
.      * What manner of men (and women) ought ye to be?  Even as I am!
    * Come unto me and I will give you rest…Take my yoke upon you, learn of me…


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