As an addendum to “What do Mormons really believe, Part 4“
Spending as much time on the computer as we do, there’s a command that we often take for granted. The wonderful, marvelous, brilliant “ctrl-z” key combo!
I don’t know who originally thought this up, but bless them.
There you are, working away, and suddenly you realize that you’ve made a mistake. All you have to do is hold down the control key, and hit “z” at the same time, and beautifully, your error disappears as though it never existed, and you can pick up where you last left off, or start from scratch.
A wise and loving Father in Heaven realized that as we progress through life, occasionally we’d make such mistakes. Some might be inadvertent while others more intentional. Therefore he gave us the marvelous mechanism of repentance – a process whereby our mistakes in life might be wiped clean from the book of life, allowing us to start over, on a clean slate.
What refreshing doctrine.
This forgiveness is made possible through the everlasting atonement of Christ, who in the Garden of Gethsemane took upon himself the sins of the world, thereby making it possible for us to repent, and invoke the efficacy of his sacrifice. He paid the price of justice, that we might know mercy.
But how careful we must be to not take repentance flippantly, for an attitude of “sin now, repent later”, is offensive to God. This is not a “get out of jail free” card that we can just play at will. Repentance isn’t instantaneous, nor free.
To fully repent, we must confess and forsake of our sins. Seek restitution from those we have wronged, and promise not to do it again. That process can be difficult, but it is sure. And when complete, our sins are forgiven, we are washed clean through blood of our Savior, and made whole – again worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost. It’s an incomparable feeling of relief, as though a huge burden has been lifted from your shoulders. It freshens your vision, fills you with enthusiasm, energizes your soul, and spurs you to do better, and be more.
Every one of us can be free from the shackles of the sins by which we are beset, freed from the burdens that weigh us down and hamper our enjoyment of life.
May each one of us find the strength to repent of our sins, and make that enriching process a never-ending aspect of our daily lives.
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