The Lord taught that the sacrifices required by the gospel are a joy to make, likening them in parables to the man who in his joy sold all that he had to buy a precious pearl (Matthew 13:45-46). All of the rewards the Lord promised those who followed his gospel were related to this principle. He promised:
• Happiness (John 13:17)
• Joy (John 16:22; Luke 24:52)
• Peace (John 16:33)
• More abundant life (John 10:10)
• Freedom (John 8:31-32)
The Savior followed his gospel as perfectly as he taught it — and thus each of these rewards was his to receive as well as to give.
Richard and Linda are the founders of Joyschools.com and New York Times No. 1 best-selling authors who lecture throughout the world on family-related topics. Visit the Eyres anytime at www.TheEyres.com or at www.valuesparenting.com.
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