Happy Palm Sunday! What a beautiful day to begin our study of the words of general conference—sure testimonies of light, truth, and our Living Savior.
In his Sunday afternoon address, President Nelson extended 5 powerful invitations to us. But as I reread his words I noticed one of them was repeated 5 times…
“My call today, dear brothers and sisters, is to end conflicts that are raging in your heart, your home, and your life.”
“I plead with you to do all you can to end personal conflicts that are currently raging in your hearts and in your lives.”
“I repeat my call to end the conflicts in your life.”
“Between now and [Easter], I invite you to seek an end to a personal conflict that has weighed you down.”
“Strive to end conflict in your life.”
When you first heard these words, maybe a point of conflict in your like came to mind right away. And maybe the immediate thought following was how impossible that seemed—the hurt is too deep, the time passed is too much, the opportunity is far too gone. When the weight of forgiving, hearts softening, and minds changing weighs on us, it does feel impossible. And quite frankly, with our ability alone, it likely is. But then President Nelson said this, “If forgiveness presently seems impossible, plead for power through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to help you.”
Get on your knees and plead. Again and again. Believe that is it possible with Him.
The conflict may not end all at once. But that doesn't mean the promised blessings of “personal peace and burst of spiritual momentum” won't begin to be realized as we try. Let us begin today, on Palm Sunday, to shout Hosana (save us!) to He who bears healing in His wings.
I am resolving personal conflict in my life as I plead for His power to help me. Through Christ, I know hearts will soften and what is broken will be made whole.