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Beauty for Ashes: The Healing Path of Forgiveness

Kristin M. Yee, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency

  1. Jesus made a way for us to let go of a vengeful heart. That ‘way’ is through forgiving – which can be one of the most difficult things we ever do and one of the most divine things we ever experience. On the path of forgiveness, Jesus Christ’s atoning power can flow into our lives and begin to heal the deep crevasses of the heart and soul.

“Ask for the Lord’s help to love those He needs you to love, including those for whom it is not always easy to feel affection. You may even want to ask God for His angels to walk with you where you presently do not want to tread.” (see D&C 84:88)

“It is usually easy to forgive one who sincerely and humbly seeks your forgiveness. But the Savior will grant you the ability to forgive anyone who has mistreated you in any way. Then their hurtful acts can no longer canker your soul.”

Four Gifts That Jesus Christ Offers to You by President Russell M. Nelson

The Lord requires us to forgive for our own good

“We need to recognize and acknowledge angry feelings. It will take humility to do this, but if we will get on our knees and ask Heavenly Father for a feeling of forgiveness, He will help us. The Lord requires us ‘to forgive all men’ for our own good because ‘hatred retards spiritual growth.’ Only as we rid ourselves of hatred and bitterness can the Lord put comfort into our hearts…”

The Healing Power of Forgiveness by President James E. Faust, General Conference – April 2007

Forgiveness heals terrible, tragic wounds, for it allows the love of God to purge your heart and mind of the poison of hate. It cleanses your consciousness of the desire for revenge. It makes place for the purifying, healing, restoring love of the Lord.

“Don’t view all that you experience in life through lenses darkened by the scars of abuse. There is so much in life that is beautiful. Open the windows of your heart and let the love of the Savior in. And should ugly thoughts of past abuse come back, remember his love and his healing power. Your depression will be converted to peace and assurance. You will close an ugly chapter and open volumes of happiness.”

Healing the Tragic Scars of Abuse by Elder Richard G. Scott. General Conference – April 1992.

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, left in a pit, sold as a slave, sent to jail, forgotten by those he helpled – yet, the Lord was with Joseph. “And the Lord was with Josephy, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian…But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” (Gen 38:2,21). Just as Jesus was with Joseph, he will be with me in my afflictions as I keep his commandments and stay on the covenant path.

51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Gen 39:51-52

“…and will do better unto you then at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 36:11)

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.” (Jacob 6:5)

Ezekiel 36:11 “For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you…”


References

Beauty for Ashes: The Healing Path of Forgiveness by Sister Kristin M. Yee, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, General Conference – Oct 2022

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