Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, June 23

Bible and Book of Mormon | “Repentance and Forgiveness: Connected Principles” by grego

Bible and Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants | “Repentance and Forgiveness: Connected Principles”

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In doing energy healing work, I’ve noticed that two great components of healing are usually acknowledging and forgiving.

Repentance and forgiveness are connected principles; just like receiving help after asking God for it, and giving help to others; receiving monetary help from God, and paying tithing; etc. If you do one but not the other, you still don’t receive the hoped-for blessings of having done the one.

I’m positive that the greatest hindrance in our ward, and who knows, maybe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in general, is incomplete repentance and unforgiveness.

According to my experiences, most LDS members refuse to admit wrongdoing, ask forgiveness from those they’ve wronged or sinned against (it’s much easier to do that in prayer! though we “forget” that’s only a part of it), and restitute; and, on the other hand, most LDS refuse to truly desire to forgive others, much less do so.

Jesus clearly teaches:
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:37 …forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

It’s clear: if you want to receive forgiveness, you *must* forgive.

Hard words for those who partake of the sacrament weekly without much thought.

In a very strong parable against those unwilling to forgive, Jesus teaches:
Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

In the Book of Mormon, a good reminder from King Benjamin is that we are all beggars (Mosiah 4). Also, Alma is taught:
Mosiah 26:31 And ye shall also forgive one another your trespasses; for verily I say unto you, he that forgiveth not his neighbor’s trespasses when he says that he repents, the same hath brought himself under condemnation.

Alma 38:14 Do not say: O God, I thank thee that we are better than our brethren; but rather say: O Lord, forgive my unworthiness, and remember my brethren in mercy—yea, acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times.

And once more:
3 Nephi 13:14 For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Moroni 6: 8 But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.

Doctrine and Covenants 64:9 Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
10 I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.

Here the Lord says it’s worse to not forgive than to have trespassed!

Not forgiving others, especially one who seeks forgiveness with real intent, truly is like a poison, and that unforgiveness often manifests in the body of the unforgiver in unseemly ways. Do you want to look younger, better, brighter? Forgive!

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