Some thoughts on repentance and forgiveness

July 25, 2008 at 12:46 am (LDS, Words of wisdom)

Some comments on repentance and forgiveness:

Repentance is a kind and merciful law. It is far-reaching and all-inclusive. It has many elements and includes a sorrow for sin, a confession of sin, an abandonment of sin, a restitution of sin, and then the living of the commandments of the Lord, and this includes the forgiveness of others, even the forgiving of those who sin against us.

President Spencer W. Kimball. Faith Precedes the Miracle. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1993, p. 189.

Why does the Lord ask you to love your enemies and to return good for evil? That you might have the benefit of it. It does not injure the one who hate so much when you hate a person, especially if he is far removed and does not come in contact with you, but the hate and the bitterness canker your unforgiving heart.

Ibid., p. 191


1 Comment

  1. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur said,

    Of course, the part of the message that is sometimes lost is that repentance does not mean that the world will forego exacting a price for sin. The restitution of the spirit generally comes from enduring the cost of sin with the full knowledge of the reason for its imposition and the conscious acceptance of it.

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