From Doctrine and Covenants 86:5-6

5 Behold, verily I say unto you, the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to reap down the fields;

6 But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also.

It seems easy to know what is the right thing to do. It seems easy to know who should be judged.

It is not.

It has always given me hope and reflection that the angels cry to God night and day to do what seems obvious to them, and God instead says to wait and to do something else.

From this I conclude that knowing what the right thing to do is is not always easy–especially when “the right thing” someone wants to do is to criticize or condemn or attack someone.

In that regards I recall that Dietrich Bonhoeffer, before his death in a concentration camp in WWII, wrote to other Christians:

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.””

That is a completely different way to look at others.

Looking at scripture and at Bonhoeffer also reminds me that waiting and patience are not always easy, but are so often right.

And that even the angels get it wrong.

What do you take away from the scripture?