A Quote

The quote:

“Although the Lord invites all to come to Him, only a few will accept the invitation
to come. You may wonder why; but it is because men are unwilling to accept
what is offered. They want authority in this world. They want praise and honor
from men. They cannot accept His invitation until they lay all such things aside
and realize that any honor, any authority, any power comes only from heaven.
Without a connection to heaven there is no power, no authority and no honor.
Heavenly power or authority can only be exercised by fully mirroring the will of
heaven, and never by acting independent of that will. Man’s own will cannot,
does not, and never will be allowed to govern. Even though someone may be
ordained to hold priesthood, called to an office, or given the right to decide
matters in the Church, that does not empower them to contradict the will of
heaven. Men cannot substitute their desire for heaven’s; because whenever
they do that, the acts they perform while only pretending to follow heaven will
condemn them. They use the name of God in vain anytime they follow their own
desire, while falsely claiming they are doing heaven’s will. Men who try to
conceal their sins, who in their pride claim authority over others, who claim the
right to control or manipulate others, whose ambitions set their agenda, cannot
and do not conform to heaven’s will. Heaven itself withdraws from such men,
and when it does they have absolutely no priesthood authority or power. Such
men are left to themselves, and oftentimes they seek to exercise yet more
control, more authority, and more feigned priesthood rights over the humble
who suffer under their claimed presiding authority. When such ambitious men
subjugate these humble Saints, they are fighting against God. They will come
to learn too late for their own salvation that they have been on their own errand
all along, and not the Lord’s. Unfortunately almost all men fall victim to this false
illusion of control over others. As soon as someone believes they have been
given the authority of heaven, they almost immediately begin to abuse their
fellow man with claims about the right to control, manipulate or coerce them.
This is why so very few have ever really accepted His invitation to come unto
Him. There really is no authority in the priesthood He gives to men. The
priesthood is an invitation to come and learn to persuade others by the power
of example, to convince others by the things which you will endure for their
sake, to show love without pretense and without calling attention to yourself. It
is an invitation to service. It is an invitation to seek after heaven itself. When
someone accepts that invitation, and meekly submits to the gentle influence of
the Holy Spirit, they will learn more by showing kindness to their fellow man
than they can ever learn through any other means. Such men will rebuke
others only on those occasions when heaven would rebuke; but even then they
will immediately show increased love. They will not fail to show unceasing love,
even to those who required a sharp word. Such men always show love to
others as the most important part of their example. Such men will convince
those to whom they minister that they would give their lives to save them
because their love is so strong. Anyone who is in contact with heaven will love
all their fellow men. They will meditate night and day upon the things of heaven.
They will be able to enter into God’s own presence because their lives are so
lived that heaven willingly accompanies them. They will deserve residence in
heaven, and therefore heaven will take up residence with them. God will be
their companion. Love will be theirs because they will never try to control,
dominate or subdue others. Because of their love, the power of heaven (which
is love) will be with them forever and ever.” 

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