Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, finds joy in seeing His diseased sheep progress toward healing.
"We get a glimpse into our Heavenly Father’s character as we recognize the immense compassion He has for sinners and appreciate the distinction He makes between sin and those who sin. This glimpse helps us have a more “correct [understanding of] his character, perfections, and attributes” and is foundational to exercising faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Savior’s compassion in the face of our imperfections draws us toward Him and motivates us in our repeated struggles to repent and emulate Him. As we become more like Him, we learn to treat others as He does, regardless of any outward characteristic or behavior".
I loved this talk, especially since he used one of my favorite books and plays as an analogy. He quoted from Les Miserables. I especially liked how he compared sin to a disease, and how the Savior does not withdraw from disease even when it is terrible to look upon. I loved how he reminds us that the Savior is a healer. He truly has compassion for each one of us. And in ways we don't understand, He know what we are going through and what we need.
As children of God, we also need to learn to model His behavior in our own lives. We need to reach out to those who are suffering and learn to love them in spite of what they have done. We need to seek others out so that no one feels alone, or lonely or lost.
I have a friend who is going through a very difficult time right now. She does not feel as if anyone understands and she does not want to be a burden on others. I too, have felt just that way, but there is joy in giving and joy in receiving. Allow others to be blessed by helping you through the hard times. Be there for them in their own difficulties. As we seek to love one another and help one another we can become more like Him.