Forgiveness: God's Antidote

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Forgiveness: God's Antidote

  1. 1. FORGIVENESS God’s Antidote Ben Bernards
  2. 2. Wounds are best cleansed immediately #ariseandshine
  3. 3. James E. Faust @2ndcounselorThe folly of rehashing long-past hurtsdoes not bring happiness.#efy2012
  4. 4. The Doctrine of Forgiveness D&C 64:8-11 Mosiah 26:29-31•••
  5. 5. The Doctrine of Forgiveness D&C 64:8-11 Mosiah 26:29-31•We are required to forgive everyone•If we don’t forgive, the greater sin lies with us•We’ll be forgiven as often as we repent
  6. 6. Forgiveness Formula
  7. 7. Forgiveness Formula•1•2•3•4•5
  8. 8. Mosiah 4:1And now, it came to pass that when king Benjaminhad made an end of speaking the words which hadbeen delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord,that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude,and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fearof the Lord had come upon them.
  9. 9. Ingredient #1 Sincerely fearGod’s disappointment
  10. 10. Mosiah 4:2And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state,even less than the dust of the earth. And they all criedaloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply theatoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness ofour sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe inJesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven andearth, and all things; who shall come down among thechildren of men.
  11. 11. Ingredient #2Recognize your separation from God
  12. 12. Mosiah 4:2And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state,even less than the dust of the earth. And they all criedaloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply theatoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness ofour sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe inJesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven andearth, and all things; who shall come down among thechildren of men.
  13. 13. Ingredient #3Abandon all pride
  14. 14. Mosiah 4:2And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state,even less than the dust of the earth. And they all criedaloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply theatoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness ofour sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe inJesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven andearth, and all things; who shall come down among thechildren of men.
  15. 15. Do Saturday night actions matchSunday morning testimony?
  16. 16. Speaking with “one voice” means yourwords, wardrobe, and daily actions matchyour testimony, faith, and nightly prayers.
  17. 17. Ingredient #4Demonstrate deep change
  18. 18. Bear your testimony every day (use words as a last resort) #ariseandshine
  19. 19. Mosiah 4:2And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state,even less than the dust of the earth. And they all criedaloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply theatoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness ofour sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe inJesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven andearth, and all things; who shall come down among thechildren of men.
  20. 20. Ingredient #5Plead genuinely for atonement
  21. 21. eco nc il e,Gr ee k= “r of fd ebt” pa y atonement
  22. 22. The Debt of SinD&C 19:15-20
  23. 23. Romans 5:10For if, when we were enemies, we werereconciled to God by the death of his Son,much more, being reconciled, we shall besaved by his life.
  24. 24. 2 Nephi 10:24...and remember, after ye are reconciled untoGod, that it is only in and through the grace ofGod that ye are saved.
  25. 25. il e, Hebrew “r eco nc =Gr ee k= “cover, ebt” embrac pa y of fd e” atonement
  26. 26. Pompeo Batoni,The Return of the Prodigal Son
  27. 27. Romans 4:7Blessed are they whoseiniquities are forgiven,a n d w h o s e s i n s a recovered.
  28. 28. 2 Nephi 1:15But behold, the Lord hath redeemedmy soul from hell; I have beheld hisglory, and I am encircled abouteternally in the arms of his love.
  29. 29. Mosiah 4:3And it came to pass that after they had spoken thesewords the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, andthey were filled with joy, having received a remissionof their sins, and having peace of conscience,because of the exceeding faith which they had inJesus Christ who should come, according to thewords which king Benjamin had spoken unto them.
  30. 30. Ingredient #6 Be a patient patient
  31. 31. How will I knowwhen I’m forgiven?
  32. 32. What “the cure” feels like... Joy Remission of sins Peace of conscience
  33. 33. BONUS SIDEEFFECTS!
  34. 34. Personal Study Assignment Mosiah 5:2-5Find 5 “Bonus Side Effects” of being forgiven and forgiving others
  35. 35. FORGIVENESS God’s Antidote

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