Dear friends, I’m concerned. I have a friend who always has to speak. Always state their view, irrespective of the impact on those hearing. And these words often are said in the heat of the moment. In addition, this friend rarely apologises, remembers all, forgets nothing and although they claim to not hold grudges, it seems they do not quite forgive others. I know, I am ‘judging’ and I know, no one is perfect, but this friend is a dear family member, and I am concerned about their long, long, longest, term spiritual well-being, particularly for the following reason.
If they aren’t forgiving others, will they be forgiven? I welcome your thoughts on this. Jesus taught us this principle in His example prayer: forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. So, if we don’t forgive others, will we receive forgiveness? And how does that relate to repentance? Again, comments welcome. We all need repentance so we can be cleaned, through the atonement of our Saviour, and enter back to the presence of God. If we’re not repenting, it seems that ultimately does not bode well.
So, what should I do? (answers on a postcard…) No person can be forced. … I can still love, try to be an example and, when opportunity presents itself, help my dear friend understand who they are, who they can become, help them to apply the truly cleansing power of the Atonement so they can be restored to true inner peace – their words will then reflect this peace. We all need to reach for this in our own lives, each day, every day. 🙂


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