Sunday, January 24, 2016

More Sorrow For Sin

What is more sorrow.  Is it more than saying "my bad" the popular shirking off of sin as if saying, "Oh,Well."  To me that isn't even an apology.  It is not even some sorrow.  Saying "I'm sorry" often becomes meaningless especially if it is spoken too often for the same mistake.

Godly sorrow is more sorrow for sin.
Sorrow for sin. Study and ponder to determine how serious the Lord defines your transgression to be. That will bring healing sorrow and remorse. It will also bring a sincere desire for change and a willingness to submit to every requirement for forgiveness. Alma taught, “Justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.” Alma 42:24 , from Finding Forgiveness, Elder Richard G. Scott, General Conference, April, 1995., Italics added.
 The Lamanites that were converted by Ammon and his brothers exemplified godly sorrow and submitted to every requirement asked of them even unto death.  (see Alma 24)  
 11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain—
 15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hidethem away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.
This is godly sorrow.  They are changed through repentance. More sorrow for sin is more than just "sorry".  It is a change of life.



1 comment:

  1. Thanks , Mom. I have always loved the idea of Godly sorrow, it is such a beautiful way to think about being sorry. I don't like "my bad" either and I refuse to use it, though it never occurred to me why until you explained it here. It is an insincere excuse for sin or trampling on another's feelings. Love you!