Must abide consequences of choice

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. - Gal. 6:7

In general conference of April 1955, Elder Hugh B. Brown, then an Assistant to the Twelve, spoke to young people about the love their Father in heaven has for them.

"He loves you with a love beyond what your earthly parents can know," Elder Brown said. "If you make mistakes - and you will and all of us have - our Heavenly Father stands ready to forgive and to welcome you when you come to yourselves and turn your backs on the husks and your faces toward home. He will embrace you and say, For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' (Luke 15:24.) But let no one think he will not have to pay for his folly. The Father could not in justice say to the prodigal what he said to his older son,All that I have is thine.' (Luke 15: 31.)

"Our Father is kind and loving and forgiving, but there is an inexorable law which has not been repealed. It is the law of the harvest: `As ye sow, so shall ye reap.' (Gal. 6:7.)

"We cannot sow thistles and reap figs, nor plant thorns and harvest grapes. But when we have had enough of thistles and thorns, we may have the grapes and the figs if we are willing to pay the price - and they cost less. While ours is a world governed by rigid and unwavering law, man has free agency, he may choose to obey or disobey the law, but he must of course abide the consequences of his choice."

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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