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'Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.' (Matthew 12:12)

'Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.' (Matthew 12:12)

God designated the Sabbath as a day of rest, but that doesn’t mean we should be idle on this day. Instead, we should use our time and talents to bless others.

How can you use your talents on a day of rest?

Donate the skills you use at work to bless someone’s life on your day off.

Is there a family member you could do better at keeping in touch with?

Get your family together this Sunday by hosting an event such as dinner or an online video chat. Include someone that may sometimes be forgotten.

How can you make better use of your time on Sundays?

Identify something from a church sermon that you can do to help someone in need today.

James E. Faust October 1991 “The Lord’s Day”

Jesus reaffirmed the importance of the Sabbath day devotion, but he introduced a new spirit into this part of worship. (See  Matthew. 24:20 Rather than observe the endless technicalities and prohibitions concerning what should and should not be done on the Lord’s day, he affirmed that it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath. (See  Matthew. 12:12 He taught us that “the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day”  Matthew. 12:8 and introduced the principle that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath”  Mark 2:27 He performed good deeds on the Sabbath, such as healing the man with palsy (see  Mark 2:1–12 as well as the man with the paralyzed hand (see  Matthew. 12:10–13 So the divine mandate of Sabbath day observance in our day is now more of a manifestation of individual devotion and commitment rather than a requirement of civil law.