The Lord's Divorce Yoke

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Remember the beautiful scripture passage in Matt 11:28-30?

28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

I've been thinking about these verses a lot...What do they really mean? The spirit seems to bring this passage to my mind, lately, whenever a question arises that brings with it any degree of trouble or annoyance.

As I've contemplated how to apply the invitation the Lord extends to us here, I've had some interesting experiences.

For instance, when an issue arises that frustrates or disturbs me--maybe I feel resentful about a request made of me, or maybe I take issue with what results when someone else doesn't do their part; rather than being swept away with the negative flow of response that can often prevails in this situation, I've presented the problem to the Lord and asked Him what to do.

"Don't get mad (or scared, or dismayed...) by this," the spirit whispers. "Let me deal with the hardest parts and trust that it will work out for your benefit and the benefit of all involved."

When I have made the conscious choice to let go of irritation (or any negative reaction) and trust the Lord, I'm finding life is a lot easier and things work out far better.

During divorce there are myriad situations that can try us to the very core: hurt and loss, suffering and injury, argument and bitterness, injustice and intolerance.

May I suggest taking the Lord's yoke through divorce? Allow Him to carry the burden. Give up the negative flow of emotion that can canker and weaken your spirit. Let the Lord carry you, knowing the end result will be happier, more successful, fairer, and more equitable than you can ever achieve on your own. Don't respond in anger or vengeance. Let the Lord fight your battle.

What did President Hinckley say in one of his last talks to us?

“I plead with you to control your tempers, to put a smile upon your faces, which will erase anger; speak out with words of love and peace, appreciation, and respect. If you will do this, your lives will be without regret” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2007 General Conference).

And everything will turn out all right!

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Divorced and full of fret and regret, I found my 'Reason for Living' on the internet. Now, my life is lots of fun, married in Portland, Oregon.

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