“Let us fully mirror His love, and love each other so openly and completely that no one feels abandoned, alone, or helpless.”

art by Megan Lindsey

Michael Monsoor was a navy SEAL serving as part of a sniper overwatch team in Iraq. He was in the room with two of his SEAL friends when a grenade hit his chest and fell to the ground.

Being positioned by both the grenade about to go off and the exit, he had two options: he could run out the door and save himself, or he could cover the grenade with his body and save his fellow soldiers.

“He never took his eye off the grenade.

“His only movement was down toward it,” said one of the soldiers in that room. 

“He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs’ lives, and we owe him.”

I thought this incredible story was a great context to discuss D&C 121:43-44,

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

⭐️“That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.”⭐️

Stronger than the cords of death. That is the level of love Michael Monsoor’s friends surely felt that day.

And that is the level of love Jesus wants us to commit to if we are going to reprove with sharpness.

Can you do that to a person you pass on the freeway?

A customer service representative on the phone?

Do we even have the commitment to do it for a person in our church congregation,

Let alone a stranger on the internet?

If not—keep scrolling.

Keep driving.

Keep loving.

And ask yourself—how would it feel to be a person in that room with Michael Monsoor?

Because truly, we have all been that person in that room,

As our Savior died for you and me.

And that person on the road by you.

And that customer service representative who isn’t helping you.

And that person in your congregation who was rude to your child.

And that stranger on the internet saying something you disagree with.

His faithfulness was stronger than the bands of death.

He loved them first.

And He is asking you to do the same.

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