Overcoming Weakness Through Christ

Weaknesses are a part of life on Earth. Not one of us is perfect. We are all sinners. One definition of sin is to willfully disobey God’s commandments. Another is to fail to live righteously despite a knowledge of the truth (Gospel Topics, Sin). Each of us has sinned. We make mistakes, whether purposefully or not. These are the things that we need to repent of. These are the acts that separate us from God and the Holy Spirit

But more often than we sin, we fall victim to our weaknesses. Weakness is defined by the condition of being mortal and lacking ability, strength, or skill (Guide to the Scriptures, Weakness). Our weaknesses make it so that we require the help of Christ’s Atonement and the grace of God.

We are only able to have the power to do righteous acts through God’s grace. Grace isn’t something that is only there once we have done what we can. Grace doesn’t make up the difference. Grace is the difference. It is because of grace that we are able to do good.
Joseph Smith, as young as he was, understood this. He knew he had made mistakes and needed to repent. He knew he wouldn’t be able to live worthy of his calling without the grace of God. Joseph said, “I often felt condemned for my weakness and imperfections.”
We can all relate to feeling this way. We know that we can do better. This sentiment can easily lead to feelings of doubt, discouragement, and despair. To avoid this outcome, we need to immediately and constantly turn to our Savior and Redeemer.

We can follow in Joseph’s example and turn “to prayer and supplication to Almighty God for forgiveness.” He is the source of all hope and light. The cause of all that is good. We need not only ask for forgiveness, but also for the abilities, strength, and skills needed for us to overcome our weaknesses.

Knowing what to ask for and knowing where we can improve is something else that we need to take up with the Lord. Like Joseph, we can pray to know our standing before Him. We can ask how we need to change and refine ourselves so that we can live worthy of the callings God has for each of us.

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