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How Can Repentance Help Me E veryday? & What is Grace?. Repentance is a gift.
Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life. Pretending there is no sin does not lessen its burden and pain. Suffering for sin does not by itself change anything for the better.
Only repentance leads to the sunlit uplands of a better life. & of course, only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ & salvation.
Moroni 10:32-33 32 Yea, come unto Christ, &be perfected in him, & deny yourselves of all ungodliness; & if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, & love God with all your might, mind & strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; & if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, & deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
EFFORT ON OUR PART IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE GRACE.
Divine forgiveness is one of the sweetest fruits of the gospel, removing guilt and pain from our hearts and replacing them with joy and peace of conscience. Jesus declares, “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?”
Wise King Benjamin spoke to his people of “retaining a remission of your sins from day to day.” (Mosiah 4:26)
The right time to be spiritually concerned about our sins is every day. Once a week is not enough. Once a month or once a year could prove spiritually fatal. An essential aspect of true repentance is daily prayer. And it must be meaningful as well as regular.
The right way to repent of sins is by going before our Maker in secret prayer, identifying the specific transgression, confessing it, forsaking it, and continuing in the Lord’s Spirit. (Franklin Gonzalez, Ensign 1980)
True repentance brings us back to doing what is right. To truly repent we must:1) Recognize our sins and feel remorse, or godly sorrow, 2) Confess those sins to God. If our sins are serious, we must also confess them to our Bishop or Branch President. 3) Ask God for forgiveness and do all we can to correct whatever harm our actions may have caused.
Repentance means a change of mind and heart—we stop doing things that are wrong, and we start doing things that are right. It brings us a fresh attitude toward God, oneself, and life in general. (President Uchtdorf)
It is “re-turning” toward God.
If I were going the wrong way in the middle of a marathon, and I realized my mistake, would I keep going? I would immediately turn around! Why?...
…Because I would have lost valuable time and precious energy and strength, and it would be much harder for me to finish the marathon because of this extra distance and added time. I wouldn’t stay on the wrong course because no matter how long I ran there, I would never reach the finish line. (Sister Elaine Dalton)
“You blew it. You can’t turn around now!You can’t change. No one will ever know anyway.” To you I would say, Don’t believe it.“Satan wants you to think that you cannot repent, but that is absolutely not true” (For the Strength of Youth ).
Sometimes in our repentance, in our daily efforts to become more Christlike, we find ourselves repeatedly struggling with the same difficulties. Real repentance, real change may require repeated attempts, but there is something refining and holy in such striving. If you are striving and working to repent, you are in the process of repenting.
The scriptures warn us, “Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance.” But, in this life, it is never too late to repent.
*Hand out tote bags if you are using this object lesson
In the memorable expression of Professor Noel Reynolds, “The choice to repent is a choice to burn bridges in every direction [having determined] to follow forever only one way, the one path that leads to eternal life.”
For our turning to the Lord to be complete, it must include nothing less than a covenant of obedience to Him. Without this covenant, repentance remains incomplete and the remission of sins unattained.
The Lord Forgives Us & Remembers Our Sins No More, We Must Also Forgive Ourselves
*Remove the tote bags from the girls shoulders…
Whatever The Cost Of Repentance, It Is Swallowed Up In The Joy of Forgiveness.
“Joy never has and never will
come from sin and selfishness.
I am grateful for the knowledge
that I can repent and begin anew.” (June 2008 Ensign)
I cannot help but imagine the sense of fulfillment the Savior must feel each time we repent of our sins and apply His atoning sacrifice in our lives. Surely John echoed the Savior’s feelings when he declared:
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4). Christ, speaking of Himself, said, “How great is his joy in the soul that repenteth” (D&C 18:13). (Elder Craig C. Christensen)