How can I be accountable to myself
To be accountable to God
Prophets and apostles warned that "one who violates the covenants of chastity, abuses or abuses his or her spouse or offspring, or fails to fulfill family obligations, will one day be held accountable to God" ("The Family - A Proclamation." to the world ", Liahona, November 2010, back cover). In this lesson, you discuss how serious violations of God's laws have consequences in this life and in the next. However, they also discuss how those who repent can find hope and healing through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Additional reading material
Suggestions for teaching
Matthew 18: 1-6; Doctrine and Covenants 42: 22-25; 93: 39-44
When the covenants of chastity are violated, ill-treatment or abuse is committed, or family responsibilities are disregarded
Point out that in previous lessons you discussed important family commitments, including: 1. Husbands and wives must love and care for one another; 2. Children must be raised in love and righteousness; and 3.) Parents need to make sure that their family has everything they need.
Now what if one or both parents neglect these obligations?
Discuss what modern prophets say about fulfilling family responsibilities and have a class member read paragraph 8 of the proclamation. Highlight this principle: "Someone who violates the covenants of chastity, who abuses or abuses his or her spouse or offspring, or who fails to fulfill family obligations, [must] one day be accountable to God."
What does it mean that someone who commits such a transgression must be accountable to God? (On Judgment Day, we stand before God and account for all sins that we have not repented; see Revelation 20: 11-15; 2 Nephi 9: 15--16.)
Discuss this statement by Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander of the Seventy:
“That we must one day be accountable to God, who is our Father and Creator, is one of the most fundamental teachings of the gospel.” (“The Path of Growth”, Ensign, December 1999, page 15.)
How does it help us in our spiritual advancement when we know that one day we will have to answer to God for our deeds?
Draw a table on the board with these three column headings:
Divide the class into three groups. Have a group read Doctrine and Covenants 42: 22-25, the second Matthew 18: 1-6, and the third Doctrine and Covenants 93: 39-44. Invite each group to assign their scripture passage to one of the headings. It should also identify words and phrases that indicate how serious such transgressions are. Give the class plenty of time, and then let them share what they find out. (As you go along, write the appropriate scripture references under each heading.)
What words and phrases show how serious such transgressions are?
For each heading, discuss these questions. Write the participants' answers in the appropriate column:
What attitudes and behaviors can - if they are not under control - lead to such transgressions? (Possible answers in the case of abuse or mistreatment of spouses and children are for example: impatience, tendency to criticism, cling to false role models of men and women.)
What advice would you give to someone who displays such an attitude or behavior?
How can a member of the Church shed this mindset and behavior? (Have class members respond and teach them that when we apply gospel principles - such as repentance, Christian service, compassion, patience, and forgiveness - we can draw on the helping power of the Atonement.)
2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
Hope for repentance, forgiveness and change
Testify that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the way people can become happy and have abundant lives. However, everyone makes bad decisions from time to time. Some of them have far-reaching effects on yourself and others. Fortunately there is hope.
Explain that some members become victims of another person, such as when their partner cheats on them, or when parents or spouses abuse or abuse them. These members wonder what they can do in these circumstances. Invite a student to read this statement by Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“When you have been abused, Satan tries to convince you that there is no way out. And yet he knows very well that there is one. Satan understands that Heavenly Father's unchanging love for each of his children is healing. He also knows the healing power inherent in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Hence, his strategy is to do everything possible to keep you away from the father and son. Don't let Satan convince you that any help will come too late for you. ”(See“ To Heal the Devastating Effects of Abuse, ” Liahona, May 2008, page 41.)
Why does Satan want to persuade someone who has been abused that there is no way out for him?
What does it lead to when someone believes that there is no hope and no solution to their problems?
Share what Elder Richard G. Scott testified about this:
“I testify that I know victims of severe abuse who have come through the difficult road to full healing thanks to the power of the Atonement. A young woman was badly abused by her father. After she no longer had any negative feelings about it thanks to her belief in the healing power of the Atonement, she asked me to speak again. This time she came with an elderly couple. I felt that she loved them both very much. Her face was beaming with happiness. She began, 'Elder Scott, this is my father. I love him. He was troubled by a few incidents from my early childhood. I'm over it now. Can you help Him? ‘What a powerful confirmation that the Savior is able to heal! She no longer suffered the consequences of the abuse because she understood the Atonement well enough, had enough faith, and followed God's law. If you study the Atonement carefully and exercise your faith that Jesus Christ has the power to heal, you can experience the same blessed deliverance. ...
Healing can begin with a caring bishop or stake president, or a discreet professional counselor. If you had a broken leg, it would never occur to you to fix it yourself. Even with severe abuse, professional help can be useful. ”(“ So that the devastating consequences of abuse can be healed ”, page 40ff.)
How does Elder Scott's inspired counsel help someone who has been ill-treated or abused?
Invite a student to read the following statement by President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“The grace and mercy of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit a sin through their act or neglect, but include the promise of everlasting peace to all who accept him and follow him and his teachings. His mercy is the ultimate powerful remedy, also for the innocently wounded. ”(“ The reason for our hope ”, Liahona, November 2014, page 7.)
How does the Atonement of Jesus Christ provide hope and healing? (Have students respond, making sure they understand this principle: Anyone who follows Jesus Christ can be healed and find everlasting peace thanks to His mercy and grace.)
Using 2 Corinthians 5: 17–21, work together to learn how someone who has abused or mistreated others can find help through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to become “a new creation” in Christ? (Possible answers: If we diligently obey the Lord's commandments, He will bless us with the gifts of the Spirit, which are divine qualities. These gifts bring about fundamental changes in us. We become a new creature more like God.)
According to verse 21, how can this be done? (Jesus was free from all sin, but took our sins upon himself. Provided that we repent, we can be righteous through him. He made this sacrifice on our behalf. If we repent and follow his example, we have Claim to his power that can make us a new creation.)
What about the term reconciliation meant in verse 18? ("Reconciliation is the process by which man is redeemed from a state of sin and spiritual darkness and is returned to a state of harmony and oneness with God. Because of this, God and man are no longer enemies." [Bruce R. McConkie , Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 volumes, 1965–1973, 2: 422.])
Ask class members if they know anyone who has seen the hope and healing made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If they like and if it's not too personal, let participants talk about it.
Share this statement by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“I don't know who in the crowd here today is going to hear what the [parable of the vineyard workers] says about forgiveness [see Matthew 20: 1-15], but whatever time you think it is How many chances you think you have already missed, how many mistakes you think you have made, what talents you think you are missing and how far away from home, your loved ones and God you think you are - I testify, that you Not are so far away that God's love could no longer reach you. It is not possible for a person to sink so deep that the rays of light of Christ's infinite Atonement cannot reach him. ...
If you've made covenants, keep them. If you haven't received one yet, close it. If you've taken some but broken them, turn back and restore them. It is never too late while the master of the vineyard says there's still time. Please listen to the inspiration that you are receiving from the Holy Spirit at this moment, namely that you should accept the grace of reconciliation that the Lord Jesus Christ has given you and enjoy the fellowship in his work. ”(“ Die Arbeiter im Vineyard ", Liahona, May 2012, page 33.)
Invite class members to write what the Holy Ghost confirms for them today.
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