Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Degrees of Forgiveness -- Matt. 6: 14

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you"

Joseph Smith used to say: not only "if" but also "as," that is, in a like manner. If we forgive men only when they repent and beg forgiveness, we will obtain divine forgiveness after we have fully repented and begged forgiveness, but if we learn to forgive before our forgiveness is sought or repentence completed, our Father, too, will forgive us proactively, will forgive us of those sins we have yet to recognize enough to ask forgiveness for! (see History of the Church, 3:383)

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