That Which Ye Do Send Out – Alma 41:14-15

14 Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.

15 For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored…

As Alma completes his discussion of the law of restoration, he gives four examples of things we ought to do:
  1. Be merciful. We have all experienced moments when we needed mercy from others, when we hoped that others would be compassionate and give us the help we needed. In those situations, it’s easy to think, “I will always be kind toward others, now that I know how it feels to be desperate.” Yet how easily we forget that feeling once our lives get back to normal.
  2. Deal justly. We all want to be treated fairly, and we’re troubled when we see bias or favoritism, especially when they affect us directly. Yet how often do we favor the people we are most comfortable with, perhaps at the expense of those who may be different from us?
  3. Judge righteously. The Savior taught, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). We can’t avoid making judgments in life. Every decision we make is a judgment, and many of them reflect our assessment of other people. But we ought to seek to judge righteously, with kindness, and not according to the standards of the world or the limitations of our natural senses.
  4. Do good continually. We come into contact with other people throughout the day, sometimes without paying particular attention to them. Yet, we appreciate it when other people go out of their way to notice us or to do kind things for us.
Alma’s promise is that the things we do will come back to us, somehow, someday. He is taking the Golden Rule a step further. It’s not just, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” but, “What you choose to do unto others will ultimately be done unto you.”
I appreciated this reminder from Alma today. I made a particular effort to be kind to my coworkers, particularly when I had the opportunity to criticize people who were not present. I was grateful for Alma’s promise, and at the same time sobered by it, as I made note of how I was treating others and asked myself if that was the way I wanted to be treated.
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