To Declare Repentance

Declaring repentance has been given a negative connotation. It is often confused with a put down, condemnation, and accusation.

Nephi in 1 Nephi 15:8-11

“8. And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?

9. And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.

10. Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?

11. Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?- if you will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.”

In the next chapter Laman and Lemuel accuse Nephi of speaking harsh things to them (claiming that Nephi was putting too much pressure on them… more than they could bear). If I were the recipient of what Nephi said as they were, I too would have felt somewhat offended. But Nephi says that, “…I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.” (1 Nephi 16:2). The word is given to all neutrally. But, to the righteous is delicious and to the wicked it cuts to the very center, it bites, it hurts, it’s uncomfortable.

The word to both is to repent. It is through repentance that we can please God. No one is exempt to this law. The only difference is do we want to be one with God or not. Those who do joy in discovering the mind and will of God and repenting to align, but those who don’t reject the whole idea of repentance.

Anyone who reads the words of God are being told to repent. Any time the word of God is being taught or spoken of, all who are involved are invited to repent. The word of God was given to us for the purpose of our change, for us to reconcile, or align, with Gods mind and will. We are constantly aligning with one of two masters.

2 Nephi 10:24

“24. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.”

Saints are commanded to meet together oft for the purpose of discussing Christ and how we can shed off the old skin and become anew in Him.

2 Nephi 25:26

“26. And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

This is simply repentance. When we talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, preach of Christ, prophesy of Christ, we come to know Him. Repentance is for all. Repentance is aligning and seeking to be at-one with Christ.

 

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