Broken Hearts. [email protected] Question:. The world likes to debate: Why do bad things happen to good people? Question: Why do good people do bad things?. What kind of person was King David?. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The world likes to debate:
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why do good people do bad things?
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The God of my rock; in him will I trust; he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior...
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue
After- this psalm includes the last words before he died.
Was this psalm written before or after David’s sin with Bathsheba and Uriah?
And it came to pass…at the time when kings go forth to battle… David tarried still at Jerusalem.
And it came to pass in an evening-tide…David walked upon the roof of the king\'s house; and…saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
And David sent and inquired after the woman…
David sent messengers, and took [Bathsheba]; and she came in unto him and he lay with her…
the woman conceived, and…told David…I am with child.
And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite…
And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house…
But Uriah slept at the door of the king\'s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house
And [David] wrote [to his battlefield general], saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him that he may be smitten, and die.
And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab; and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
3 Nephi 12:19
And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, that ye shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
Heart full of
Contrite comes from the Hebrew word
that means “bruised”
1- Recognize the sin
2- Feel Remorse
3- Resolve to change the behavior
4- Relate the sin to proper authorites
5- Make Restitution
6- Refrain from the sin
So what is wrong with this list?
We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies…
…that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins!
Redeemer is the most important of the overlooked R words…To fail to recognize our complete dependence on the Savior in seeking and receiving forgiveness is to make a serious oversight.
What a huge mistake to speak of the process of repentance and forgiveness as if it is somehow a “do-it-yourself project.”
Repentance is not easy or painless or convenient. It is a bitter cup from Hell.
But only Satan, who dwells there, would have you think that a necessary and required acknowledgment is more distasteful than permanent residence.
Only he would say, "You can\'t change. You won\'t change. It\'s too long and too hard to change. Give up. Give in. Don\'t repent. You are just the way you are." That, my friends, is a lie born of desperation. Don\'t fall for it.
“And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you- that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God-
I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.”
The final R word to repentance is living a Righteous life…
It would be like finding my wife in the kitchen boiling twenty jars in a large container on the stove. I say to her, “Shauna, what are you doing?”
“Sterilizing jars,”, she answers.
I ask, “Why are you sterilizing the jars?”
“To get them clean.”
“What are you going to do with the clean jars?”
“Put them on the counter.”
“What are you going to do with them there?”
“I’m going to put them there so everyone can see just how clean they are.”
“What purpose will they serve?”
“People will know we have clean jars.”
One day a woman came to my business office. She leaned across the desk and said, "President, I have carried a transgression on my heart for thirty-four years that I cannot carry one more step in this life. I know how tenderhearted you are, and I wouldn\'t add one particle of a burden to your soul."
I said, "My dear sister, before you go on, let me share with you a principle of the gospel. When you take a burden off your soul, it is lifted from the priesthood leader\'s soul also."
She said, "I know I will be cast out; I know I will be excommunicated, but does it have to be forever? Thirty-four years ago, before my first husband and I were married, I was involved in an abortion. Since that time, I have felt like a murderess. It was my husband\'s idea, and I did not resist. I had an abortion. Later we got married. He was unfaithful constantly during the first two years of our marriage.
I finally divorced him and have since remarried a wonderful man who is a convert to the Church. He knows everything; and he still wants to be sealed to me. President, do you think that either in time or in eternity we can be sealed together? I know I will have to be cast out, but does it have to be forever?" The tears flowed down her cheeks.
I had known this woman and thought she was one of the most Christlike women I had ever met. She always baked bread, rolls, or cookies for the people in the neighborhood. Whenever they had a ward party and the Relief Society sisters cleaned up, she always scrubbed the floor. She said that she didn\'t feel worthy to stand by them and do the dishes after what she had done; she only felt worthy to scrub the floor where they walked. She told me that she had never gossiped about anyone else. "How could I," she said, "after what I had done?"
I listened to her confession, humbled to tears, and told her, "I have never had a case of abortion before. I will need to write to President Kimball, [then the] President of the Quorum of the Twelve, and get his counsel."
I wrote to President Kimball and shared the entire story. I told him that she was one of the most Christlike women I had known and that she was willing to submit to any decision he would have for her. Two weeks later I received his response. I called the sister and asked her to meet me at the stake office as soon as she could. When I arrived at the stake center, she was already there. Her eyes were red, and she was pale. I know she must have been on her knees several times after my call, asking for mercy.
Again I sat across the desk from her and said, "I do not want to keep you waiting one second longer. We are not even going to stop for prayer. Let me read you President Kimball\'s letter: \'Dear President Featherstone: You inquired about a woman who had been involved in an abortion thirty-four years ago. From the way you describe her, it sounds like she has long since repented. You may tell her on behalf of the Church she is forgiven. After a thorough and searching interview, you may issue this sweet sister a temple recommend so she can go to the temple and be sealed to her present husband.\'