“On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your spiritual confidence before God?” —Jörg Klebingat
We have all surely asked ourselves at some point, “How do I know if God is pleased with what I’m doing?” We know the commandments, but no matter how hard we strive to be obedient, we know we could be doing better. At one extreme, the adversary may constantly remind us of our failings and persuade us that complete repentance is impossible. At the other extreme, we may fall into the trap of rationalizing that whatever we’re doing is good enough and that we don’t need to stress.
It’s difficult to know how God sees us. In “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence,” Elder Jörg Klebingat of the Seventy gives six suggestions for how we can know where we stand and how we can further increase our confidence before God.
- Take responsibility for your spiritual welfare and don’t blame others or make excuses.
- Take care of your physical self by controlling your diet and exercise.
- Choose to obey voluntarily and wholeheartedly.
- “Become really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly.”
- “Become really, really good at forgiving.”
- Recognize trials and setbacks as opportunities to strengthen yourself.
Elder Klebingat testifies “of a loving Savior who is anxious for your ‘confidence [to] wax strong in the presence of God.’” As we gain this confidence, we will learn to build our self-esteem not on what the world thinks of us, but on the love we know that our Heavenly Father has for us.
Watch or read Elder Klebingat’s talk.
—Alison Brimley, Mormon Insights
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