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.
Within a financial institution, there are a lot of reconciliation processes. Here are a few observations about financial reconciliations:
- We generally reconcile to something that is authoritative, often the general ledger. If our data differs from the standard, we assume it is wrong, however accurate it might have seemed previously.
- We start with aggregated data and then drill down to more granular data as the aggregated results begin to match. This helps us prioritize the largest discrepancies first.
- We research each discrepancy to understand the root cause so that we can permanently fix it. Sometimes we find patterns, where fixing one problem solves many discrepancies at once.
- At times, we make an adjustment to our data to match the authoritative source without fully understanding the reason for the adjustment. However, over time, our goal is to explain every difference, however small, so that they do not recur.
Our own process of personal repentance is similar. We compare our life to the will of God and make corrections to reconcile the two. Where there is a discrepancy, we adapt to the standard rather than expecting the standard to adapt to us. We start with larger sins and then work on smaller ones as the larger ones are resolved. Sometimes, we simply obey His will without understanding the reasons, but over time we seek a change in our nature so that we have no more desire to sin.
We need to proactively engage in this repentance process, but we should be under no illusions about the nature of the process. We can’t do it alone. As we come unto Christ, He not only helps us identify the discrepancies between our behavior and God’s will, but he also helps us to resolve them (Ether 12:27). We need his grace every step of the way.