Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jesus Christ Changes Lives

I have found the story of Jesus Casting the devils out of the man into the heard of swine to be particularly moving of how Jesus Christ can changes lives. The story centers on a man who lived in the tombs and who cut himself. People had tried to use physical means to help him to change, including chains. Perhaps this man too had tried to find a physical or temporal solution to his problems. But none of those things had worked.

But everything changed when the Savior came into his life. He cast out the devils into the heard of swine and healed the man spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. The Savior then said to this man, "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee" (Mark 5:19).

I wonder how often we are like this man and those who had tried to tame him. When we face problems, do we seek to find temporal solutions to them? Do we rely on the strength of our own arm instead of the strength of the Lord? We would do well to remember the lesson of this story: everything changed when the Savior came into this man's life. We too can have our lives changed if we will let the Savior into our lives by living His restored gospel.

I have a testimony of Christ's power to change lives because He has changed mine. Like the man in this story, Christ has healed me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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