Thursday, May 8, 2014

Doctrine and Covenants 3:10 -- On Repentance

"But remember, God is merciful; therefore, repent of that which thou hast done which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work;"
Doctrine and Covenants 3:10

I think this scripture shows how merciful and forgiving our Father in Heaven is.  He doesn't reject us when we screw up.  He works at getting us to change, and he offers to restore what we've lost through our own choices to sin.  And if the time for that is past, then he offers us something else good that does work with the timing of our repentance.  It says in Helaman 4:15, "inasmuch as they did repent they did begin to prosper."  I think that shows the same lesson... that, as much as we repent, God helps us.  He matches our every effort, move for move.  If we let go of sin a little, he can bless us a little, and the more we do it, and the more we improve and do good, the more he can bless us.
It's hard to repent, especially when we did it in the first place knowing exactly how bad it was and how much God didn't want us to do it.  How do you get to remorse and sincerity from rebellion and blatant disobedience?  It's tough.  But it *is* possible.  With God, we can learn to change our hearts as well as our actions, and turn things around.
Today, let's let go of our silly rebellions.  Let's repent.  Being close to God is so much more important than our pride, or our embarrassment.  Let's do what it takes to feel the spirit, even if it is mortifying or painful.  God is worth it.  Our souls are worth it.  Our relationships are worth it. 

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