In 2 Nephi 31:20 it says, “… ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.” There is one phrase in that scripture that really caught my attention. “perfect brightness of hope”. What exactly is a perfect brightness of hope?
Perfect: “entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings”
Brightness: “vivid or brilliant”
Hope: “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”
What I think this phrase means is that you have to have a flawless vivid hope. I think a lot of times that our hope in the Atonement and in Christ can be tarnished and not made perfect. To feel His true saving power we need to have a “perfect brightness of hope”. We have to believe that the Atonement is perfect without flaws.
I am by no means there. I find it easy for my hope to get tarnished and flawed. The world (culture of the world) has a tendency to help us not have a “perfect brightness of hope”.
As always, comments are welcomed. How do you think we can obtain a “perfect brightness of hope”? I think that this is what the world needs right now, a “perfect brightness of hope”!