Joseph Smith on repentance and forgiveness

“Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother [or sister] on the first intimations of repentance… and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.”

Joseph Smith

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2 thoughts on “Joseph Smith on repentance and forgiveness

  1. Brent,
    This is beautiful! I love the line, “…the first intimations of repentance” and “before he repent or ask forgiveness…”. I forget sometimes that the first intimations can be the most powerful moments in expressing forgiveness. It takes so much for some people to express their desire for forgiveness. If we are sensitive to their desire, using the Gift of the Holy Ghost and a charitable nature honed through following Christ, we may be able to sense their desire before words are spoken. And, how wonderful to know that as we do this to others our God will do the same to us. How grand!
    Thank you for sharing this.

    • I really appreciate your perspective on this. I love your point about using the gift of the Holy Ghost and being “able to sense their desire before words are spoken”, asking for forgiveness. Thanks!

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