Young Women Lesson 22: Repentance
Manual 1; Excerpt from "Repent . . . That I May Heal You," by Neil L. Andersen
May 25, 2012
"The invitation to repent is rarely a voice of chastisement but rather a loving appeal to turn around and to 're-turn' toward God." - Neil L. Andersen
• Sometimes even after we repent, we may still feel guilty. How can we know if we have been truly forgiven?
Excerpt from "Repent . . . That I May Heal You" by Elder Neil L. Andersen, October 2009 General Conference:
In the months since that experience, I have thought of the Lord’s invitation to come unto Him and to spiritually be wrapped in His arms. He said, “Behold, [my arms] of mercy [are] extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.” 1
The scriptures speak of His arms being open, 2 extended, 3 stretched out, 4 and encircling. 5 They are described as mighty 6 and holy, 7 arms of mercy, 8 arms of safety, 9 arms of love, 10 “lengthened out all the day long.” 11
We have each felt to some extent these spiritual arms around us. We have felt His forgiveness, His love and comfort. The Lord has said, “I am he [who] comforteth you.” 12
The Lord’s desire that we come unto Him and be wrapped in His arms is often an invitation to repent. “Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you.” 13
When we sin, we turn away from God. When we repent, we turn back toward God.
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