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Forgiveness, Kindness, and Love

posted Mar 09, 2017 06:46:48 by David.Clark
This really impressed me, so I thought I would share here...
Brothers and sisters, if we have not fully done so yet, let us turn more toward forgiveness, kindness, and love. Let us renounce the war that so often rages in the heart of the natural man and proclaim Christ’s caring, love, and peace.
Elder Robert D. Hales, October 2016 General Conference
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
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RyanAllen said Mar 09, 2017 16:36:24
I love this, David. "Renounce the war that so often rages in the heart of the natural man". How sad that this is the case with so many. Being at war with the adversary is enough. There is no need to be at war with ourselves.
KatieHarknessBush said Mar 10, 2017 07:50:12
Sarah Hunter said Mar 10, 2017 15:36:41
I recently had a light bulb moment with forgiveness. My relatives have a tendency to say, "I'm over it." And there was an assumption that everyone was in forgiveness mode at that point, but we were wrong.

I had the opportunity to forgive my life long abuser. Before, I hated every word that came out of her mouth. When she touched me, my skin crawled. I couldn't give her credit for the nice things she had done, because I was filled with so much bitterness, that acknowledging her was like a punch in the gut.

I can't say exactly what happened, because I'm not even sure myself, but I was filled with understanding about why she was the way she was, and what she was willing to sacrifice before this life, so that I could learn to rely on the Savior.

Forgiveness isn't for the agressor! It's for the wronged! Forgiveness is charity. It is eternal. It is marvelous!

Thanks for posting.
RyanAllen said Mar 10, 2017 19:58:26
@Sarah Hunter, it sounds like you suffered a great deal under someone's cruel hand. What a blessing that you have been able not only to forgive, but to have understanding and charity for this person. The grace of Jesus Christ is truly amazing. He is the great healer. And who would have more cause for bitterness and vengeance than Him? Yet he was and is so quick to forgive. How wonderful that you are becoming like Him.
David.Clark said Mar 10, 2017 23:00:15
Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your experience! You're so right about forgiveness being for the wronged and not the aggressor!! James Ferrell said, in one of his books, that the sin of not forgiving really is the sin of withholding our love. Your comments reminded me of that. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us ... powerful!
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
Sarah Hunter said Mar 11, 2017 03:50:33
🙏🏽❤thanks for the kind words!
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