As I go through Jacob 3 I am looking for principles. I am writing while reading today, because I felt prompted to do so, I usually read through an entire chapter before writing and searching text.
This chapter starts with Jacob saying that he is speaking to those that are pure in heart and he reminds those that are pure in heart that Heavenly Father will be with them in their rime of need if they continue to look to Him and to pray with faith. Verse 2 says “O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love;” are you looking up to Him and feasting upon his love if you are pure in heart? I know that I do not always, and am happy with this reminder today.
- Principle 1: God’s is unchanging and He will love us through thick and thin- don’t ever think otherwise.
Verse 3 starts off with the second principle in this chapter:
- Principle 2: “Wo, wo unto you that are not pure in heart”
Verse 4 gives us the third principle:
- Principle 3: Repent, repent, repent
Verse 5 with number four:
- One man and one woman, no other forms of sexual relationships should be had, in or outside of marriage.
Verse 7 with number 5:
- Husbands are to love their wives, wives to love their husbands, and parents to love their children
In verse 9 Jacob give the Nephites a commandment, as he has been referencing the Lamanites, he tells his people that they are not to revile against the Lamanites, but to revile themselves because they are not perfect either. Jacob continues in the chapter to encourage the Nephites to get up and get moving, do not wait until it is too late, you have got to repent and follow that straight and narrow path today!
As Jacob is wrapping up this chapter, he writes something that I believe to be of great importance in verse 12 which reads: “And now I, Jacob, spake many more things unto the people of Nephi, warning them against fornication and lasciviousness, and every kind of sin, telling them the awful consequences of them.” Jacob love the people so much, that he took the time to spell out every kind of sin to them so that they would clearly know if they were choosing right from wrong. He clearly stood for Jesus Christ and was bidding his work and fulfilling his calling to the best of his ability. I know that he was a prophet of God, as this has been impressed upon my heart today.
I am so very thankful for the gift of the standard works and the opportunity to attend Pathway and the encouragement that this program has brought into my life. I write this in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.