Friday, September 9, 2011

"The Miracle Of Forgiveness" ~

Several years ago I read a book entitled, "The Miracle of Forgiveness" by our then prophet; President Spencer W. Kimball. This book had a profound effect upon the way that I looked at the divine gift of forgiveness. There are two very important principles that surround the miracle of forgiveness. First, we are must forgive others and second we must forgive ourselves when we fall short and repent.
Through the years I have found that the main training ground for the principle of forgiveness is found within the family circle. Sometimes it is easier to forgive a friend than it is to forgive a family member. Satan knows this well and if he can destroy a family; he has accomplished a huge victory.
Is there such a thing as righteous judgement? On this question we usually don't have all of the facts; we just think we do. Is it OK to have an unforgiving heart? The following scriptures will support the fact that no; it is not right.
3 Nephi 14: 2;  "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again".
Luke 6:37; "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven."
We are to forgive one another regardless of the fact that the other person may not repent or ever change.  An important question that is asked of us when we get a temple recommend  Is the following: "Is there anything in your conduct relating to members of your family that is not in harmony with the teachings of the Church?" This is a very important question that we should all think about more deeply.
President Thomas S. Monson in the Woman's Conference stated the following in his message; "Charity Never Faileth ;"
"Rather than being judgemental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey of life." The following is a story from this message:
"A young couple, Lisa and John, moved into a new neighborhood. One morning while they were eating breakfast, Lisa looked out the window and watched her next-door neighbor hanging out her wash.“That laundry’s not clean!” Lisa exclaimed. “Our neighbor doesn’t know how to get clothes clean!”John looked on but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, Lisa would make the same comments. A few weeks later Lisa was surprised to glance out her window and see a nice, clean wash hanging in her neighbor’s yard. She said to her husband, “Look, John—she’s finally learned how to wash correctly! I wonder how she did it.”
John replied, “Well, dear, I have the answer for you. You’ll be interested to know that I got up early this morning and washed our windows!”
From a conference message entitled: "Is There A Point Of No Return".  by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf; the following question was answered: How Does Extending Forgiveness Help Us to Receive God’s Forgiveness?
"Jesus taught us eternal truth when He taught us to pray: “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. … For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not … neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (3 Nephi 13:11, 14–15). 

Therefore, extending forgiveness is a precondition to receiving forgiveness.For our own good, we need the moral courage to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Never is the soul nobler and more courageous than when we forgive. This includes forgiving ourselves.
Each of us is under a divinely spoken obligation to reach out with pardon and mercy and to forgive one another. There is a great need for this Christlike attribute in our families, in our marriages, in our wards and stakes, in our communities, and in our nations.
We will receive the joy of forgiveness in our own lives when we are willing to extend that joy freely to others. Lip service is not enough. We need to purge our hearts and minds of feelings and thoughts of bitterness and let the light and the love of Christ enter in. As a result, the Spirit of the Lord will fill our souls with the joy accompanying divine peace of conscience (see Mosiah 4:2–3).
President Spencer W. Kimball taught: “The essence of the miracle of forgiveness is that it brings peace....  (The Miracle of Forgiveness, 363, 368).

The Carpenter

Take a moments and read this sweet testimony from my daugher


My Gratitude Gifts
. gift of repentance
. gift of forgiveness
. children that walk in truth
. a caring husband
. gift of charity
. gift of testimony
. gift of Sacrament
. Great friends
. Great neighbors
. Great family
. Great Ancestors


singing/granny said...

Thanks LeAnn! I needed that reminder! I loved President Kimball! He was such a wonderful example to us all! I love his book also! Take care! Melody

Anonymous said...

I love it, LeAnn. Thanks so much for the reminder. I enjoyed your daughter's post as well!

Sue said...

Wonderful message today. Thanks!


Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Thank you for this post. I think about this a lot because I need to work at it! I'm just getting to know you, but you seem to have that Christ-like love for people. I know I still need to have complete forgiveness for a couple people in my life. Hoping to soon. :)

Grammy Staffy said...

This is a wonderful post... and oh so true. Thank you for sharing and for your testimony.

How are you feeling? Are you all healed from your surgery now? I hope so. I am getting better slowly. I wish that it was faster but the doctors are amazed that I am doing as well as I am so I shouldn't complain. I can sit through all 3 hours of church now which is nice.

Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Mom of 12 said...

Love that story! Thanks Leann. You are an amazing blog friend.

Darlene said...

You always post such beautiful messages for us to read, LeAnn. This one was no different. I have the book, "The Miracle of Forginveness" and it is truly a wonderful book.

Shanda said...

Thank you for the reminder. Lack of forgiveness not only means God cannot forgive us: but it is the root of so many other sins: gossip, bitterness, fear etc

Lynda said...

I have been forgiven so much it is hard to believe I would not be willing to forgive others. Thank you for your thoughts and reflections as they help remind me to "do unto others..."

God bless you, Leann!

Julie said...

Thank you LeAnn! I've been working on something in my own life that has required a great deal of forgiving. It's been difficult. Thank you for the little boost to keep going in the right direction. I think one thing we need to realize, though, as human beings is that sometimes forgiveness is very much a process. It's not always instantaneous especially when trust has been destroyed.

Kara said...

Thank you for the reminder...
Of the importance of forgiveness.
~Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH


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