Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men."
We had a lesson yesterday with a member who has been struggling to attend church and we read with him the verse partially-quoted above from 2 Nephi 31:20. We were in the midst of reading it when into my mind entered a sudden enlightenment and clarity.
Faith. Hope. Charity.
We must press forward with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, with a perfect assurance and hope that following His example will lead us to eternal life, and with his "pure love" guiding our actions. It is a simple summary of what are lives should entail and, as Alma states, if we have faith, hope and charity "then ye will always abound in good works" (Alma 7:24). I know that by actively living the Gospel, we will continuously harvest these qualities within us.
What is the promise for a life saturated with these three Christ-like attributes?
"[Behold], thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."