10 Scriptures that have brought me Closer to Christ

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#1.  John 14:18

I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you.

I love verses when Christ speaks directly to us, and I love this promise. When I am grieving, when I am wracked with sorrow, when I feel like my world and my happiness are shattered, it’s as if I can hear the Savior speak these very words directly to me.

 

#2.  Alma 7:11

And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

This verse highlights the all-encompassing nature of Christ’s atoning sacrifice. To think His atonement is infinite in its depth and coverage leaves me speechless and bursting with gratitude. We can tell Christ nothing of pain and suffering—He knows it all. He walked every lonely, painful path. He understands every trial perfectly. He suffered everything—literally everything—for you and me.

 

# 3.  Mosiah 8:20

O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people.

This scripture really resonated with me the last time I read through the book of Mosiah. Not only did Christ suffer for us, He suffers with us. His is the ultimate example of compassion and empathy.

 

#4.  Alma 5:60

And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you; and if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep

Everyone yearns to belong, to be part of something, to feel accepted and loved. Christ welcomes all with open arms and He seeks after the one. I matter to Him, and so do you.

 

#5.  2 Nephi 9:21

And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam.

This scripture really hit me the other day. One of the most heart-wrenching things to me is knowing that innocent children suffer, whether it’s abuse, neglect, loneliness, bullying, illness…..I’m grateful for this verse that emphasizes how infinite Christ’s suffering was. He literally suffered for “every living creature,” and that includes children. He can empathize with these perfect little souls when no one else can. As a parent, this is so comforting to me.

 

#6.  Isaiah 49:16

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

I remember reading this scripture as a high schooler, just after my family moved to a new state. Even though the students in my new high school were friendly and welcoming, I felt very alone. This was a powerful reminder that Christ understood that loneliness and that I wasn’t forgotten, for He had literally graven me upon the palms of His hands. There have been many times since high school that I found comfort in this same scripture.

 

#7.  Mosiah 16:9

He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.

Ever feel like the world is just so dark—like your world is just so dark? Jesus Christ truly is the light of my life, a light that will never ever burn out.

 

#8.  Alma 5:33

Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you.

When I think of Christ, I think of unbounded mercy. He doesn’t forgive reluctantly. He doesn’t rub our noses in our failures and mistakes. No, He stands ready to “receive” us with open arms the very moment we repent. And He forgives completely.

 

#9.  John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I have these ah-ha moments occasionally where I realize that worldly solutions will not work for the pain I feel or the grief I experience. When it seems peace eludes me entirely, this promise from the Savior Himself calms my troubled heart. He is the only true source of peace.

 

#10.  3 Nephi 11:14

14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

This is where Christ appeared to the Nephites in the Americas. I get a lump in my throat when I envision this scene and what it must have been like for these people to come forth, one by one, to feel the prints of the nails in the Savior’s hands and feet. We will each get that opportunity one day, the opportunity to be in the presence of the man who died for us and to feel the scars He bears in our name.

I love this quote by Elder Holland:

“In a resurrected, otherwise perfected body, our Lord of this sacrament table has chosen to retain for the benefit of his disciples the wounds in his hands and his feet and his side–signs, if you will, that painful things happen even to the pure and perfect. Signs, if you will, that pain in this world is not evidence that God doesn’t love you. It is the wounded Christ who is the captain of our soul–he who yet bears the scars of sacrifice, the lesions of love and humility and forgiveness. Those wounds are what he invites young and old, then and now, to step forward and see and feel.”

I’ll never have the right words to convey my gratitude for the Savior. I’m thankful for the trials in this life that have urged me to embrace Him and His healing balm. I can honestly say He has never let me down. I’m grateful for His mercy, His grace, His healing, and His infinite love.

 

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