Can I be forgiven? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Can I be forgiven?

Dear friend,
  For years I would pray asking to be forgiven but was never really sure if I was. My fear was I would die and quickly walk up to the judgement bar excited to hear my verdict only to find that I had never repented fully or correctly and therefore had never been forgiven.
This was a legitimate fear for me and I wasn't quite sure how to resolve it. I think the answer finally came when I understood repentance. That, however, is a whole other topic and one that we'll save for another day.
Today lets focus on perhaps not how we're forgiven, but why and by who. Forgiveness is something we can only ask for, there is no coercion, no bribery or trickery that can win the prize, it is up to God to decide.
I have met so many people though that become their own stumbling block; that cow in the middle of the road that creates a 3 hour wait. They get in their own way of being forgiven because they don't feel worthy of forgiveness. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt like you've gone too far, screwed up too bad, fallen too low?
Dude, don't be the cow!
There's a story about a young father and his even younger son. His son had been warned multiple times but after refusing to heed the warnings he had received, the boy was sent to his room and told "to not come out until [his father] said so!" Well, the newspaper attracted the young father's attention and pretty soon  he forgot the whole thing--including his son's release time. After hours had passed he heard the door to his son's room slowly open. Realizing he had forgotten all about his son, he hit his forehead, jumped up out of his seat and ran to the hallway to meet him. There stood his young son with tear-stained cheeks, he looked up at his dad with tears still in his eyes and said: "Dad, can we ever be friends again?" The young father took his even younger son in his arms and hugged him tightly. Sometimes we do things that leave us aching for forgiveness, sometimes we too ask "Father, can we ever be friends again?" I promise His answer will always be yes. Parents are apt to forgive their children's mistakes, how can we expect our Heavenly Father to be any different? 

"If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things* to them that ask him?" (Matt 7:11) *emphasis added

There is a reason why the scriptures describe Christ's sacrifice as an "infinite Atonement", there is no point of no return, we can all be forgiven and live with God again because He loves us. If you have fears like those I voiced before about not being forgiven, rest assured you're on the right track because you have a desire to be forgiven, now keep going, get off the road... the grass is greener on the other side.

With much love,
Miss Mormon

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