Fight the Battle By Being Gracious
And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
Being gracious is a powerful way to fight against sin and the devil. The power is within you to use your agency in self-control, choosing the kind of person that you want to be. As a gracious person, you will be able to keep the enemy out of your soul and help those around you feel loved and appreciated.
For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
A Gracious Person Is:
Friendly and Kind
We all want to feel liked and have friends. You can make a big difference in the lives of so many people just by being friendly. Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. This is easy to do when we think of how we would like to be treated.
3 Nephi 14:12
Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them,
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Patient and Gentle
When we lose patience or allow ourselves to be rough with others, we allow the enemy to join us. On the other hand, the Spirit of God will be with us as we remain patient and gentle.
In your patience possess ye your souls.
2 Timothy 2:24-25
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness...
Merciful and Forgiving
Showing mercy towards others is a very Christlike attribute which you can develop by having compassion, never being cruel, and offering relief when you see another person struggling. Holding a grudge towards another person harms you, it feels so much better to forgive quickly.
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Virtuous and Good
Living a virtuous life means being morally good. Let your conscience be your guide as you choose how to think and act.
Articles of Faith 13
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men;
Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
Teachable and Willing
If you are open to being taught and willing to do what is needed, you will learn and grow quickly in so many ways.
Again, verily I say unto you, I will show unto you wisdom in me concerning all the churches, inasmuch as they are willing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation—
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Meek and Humble
Meekness is great power under complete control. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Grateful and Generous
Recognizing all things as blessings and being grateful can change your attitude and your entire life. Being generous is a habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return.
And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
Think and Speak Graciously
The words that come out of your mouth begin with the thoughts you meditate on and have power for good or evil. Always be kind, virtuous, and good in the way you think and speak.
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself;
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Give Instruction and Reproof Graciously
If you are in a position to give instruction, be sure you are kind about it. And if you feel someone needs correction, let your reproof be meek and patient, and be sure to show some extra love and kindness afterward so that they know you love them.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.
Accept Instruction and Reproof Graciously
When you are given instruction, remember to be grateful and see it as an opportunity to grow. There are times each of us needs correction, remember to be humble and teachable.
Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die
Receive Criticism Graciously
Others may criticize you, and whether it be true or false, kind or unkind, you can meekly remain patient and virtuous.
Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.
Accept Compliments and Praise Graciously
Allow others to compliment you, be grateful, smile, and say thank you.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
Accept Victory or Defeat Graciously
Be kind regardless of whether you win or lose. Remember humility and gratitude.
See that ye are not lifted up unto pride; yea, see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom, nor of your much strength.
Be Like Your Heroes
You can print up these Be Gracious HERO posters to hang on your wall!