My bishop helped me understand how bishops think. “Stopping is not repentance,” he said; “changing is.” Stopping is an act of will-power, which seldom holds up to the unrelenting onslaught of Satan; changing is a function of the Atonement, a divinely infused power allowing one to become a new creature in Christ.
Recently, a friend called to ask for my counsel. Once again he had caved in to an addiction that had plagued him for years, and now he felt ashamed, miserable and defeated. I reminded him that I was not his bishop, but in preparation for our talk, I called my bishop to seek advice. What could I say to someone who was so obviously good and trying so hard and yet was being crushed by this vicious enemy?
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