Expect to reap 'in due season'

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. - Gal. 6:9."The urgings for us not to weary in well-doing contain prescriptions to avoid such weariness," Elder Neal A. Maxwell said in reference to Gal. 6:9 and related scriptures. (See also 2 Thes. 3:13; Alma 37:34.)

"We are to work steadily, but realistically, and only expect to reap `in due season.' (Gal. 6:9.) We are to serve while being "meek and lowly" (Alma 37:34), avoiding thereby the wearying burdens of self-pity and hypocrisy. We are to pray always so that we will not faint, so that our performance will actually be for the welfare of our souls, which is so much more than just going through the motions." (See 2 Ne. 32:5, 9; D&C 75:11; 88:126.)

"Even when righteously chastised or rebuked, we need not faint, for in the correcting is renewing love: `My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

" `For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth . . . .' (Heb. 12:5-6.)

"One's life, therefore, cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free. President Wilford Woodruff counseled us all about the mercy that is inherent in some adversity: `The chastisements we have had from time to time have been for our good, and are essential to learn wisdom, and carry us through a school of experience we never could have passed through without.' (Journal of Discourses, 2:198.)

"Therefore, how can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, `Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then, let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!'

"Serving, studying, praying, and worshiping are four fundamentals in perfecting `that which is lacking in

ourT faith.' (1 Thes. 3:10.) If we cease nurturing our faith in any of these four specific ways, we are vulnerable."

Articles on this page may be used in conjunction with the Sunday School course of study on the New Testament, lesson No. 31.

Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: April 1955, October 1977 and April 1991 general conference reports.

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