704 Knowing Your Own Nature Is Key to a Change in Disposition

Chorus

Knowing your own nature is key

to a change in disposition.

This must happen in accordance

with God’s revelations.

Verse 1

It is in the word of God

that you can know your nature,

recognizing Satan’s poisons

in your hideous nature.

Only through the word of God

can you see your own foolishness,

the weak and negative elements

within your nature.

Verse 2

Only when these are fully known,

when you’re able to hate yourself

and truly forsake the flesh,

always carrying out God’s word,

and when you truly have the will

to utterly submit to God’s word

and to the Holy Spirit,

you’ll have walked Peter’s path.

Chorus

Knowing your own nature is key

to a change in disposition.

This must happen in accordance

with God’s revelations.

Bridge

Without the grace of God,

without the guidance of the Holy Spirit,

this path is too difficult to walk.

For people lack the truth

and cannot forsake themselves.

Verse 3

With shallow self-knowledge,

you cannot solve problems,

and your life disposition

will never, ever change.

You must know yourself profoundly,

the elements of your nature.

From where do these elements come?

How do they originate?

Verse 4

Are you able to hate these things?

And have you seen your ugly soul?

If you can really see that truth,

you will start to hate yourself.

Only when you loathe yourself

can you forsake the flesh

and have the needed strength

to practice the truth with ease.

Chorus

Knowing your own nature is key

to a change in disposition.

This must happen in accordance

with God’s revelations.

Adapted from “To Know Oneself Is Primarily About Knowing Human Nature” in Records of Talks of Christ of the Last Days

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