18. "He Was Lost and Is Found"
Forgiving the Repentant
This article defines repentance as to "obtain God's forgiveness for breaking his commandments and receive a newness of life." God extends his mercy to all those who are willing to come unto him and confess and forsake their sins. Remission of sins brings peace of conscience and feelings of inexpressible joy.
The Savior and his disciples taught the proper steps to obtain forgiveness and reconciliation through the atonement of Jesus Christ. This chart identifies some of these key steps of repentance that are reflected in the scriptures.
"When we treat people merely as they are, they may remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they may become what they should be." Jesus changed the very nature of men. He changed their hearts. He looked beyond their faults and saw their worth. Through his love and outstretched hands he was able to lift others towards God. Do we have the will to do the same?
In Luke chapter 17, Jesus meets ten men who have leprosy. He heals all of them, and yet only one man returns and thanks him. Gratitude is a divine principle. "A grateful heart... comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives." Gratitude should permeate our very souls at all times.