Sorrowing…Unto Repentance – Mormon 2:12-13

12 And it came to pass that when I, Mormon, saw their lamentation and their mourning and their sorrow before the Lord, my heart did begin to rejoice within me, knowing the mercies and the long-suffering of the Lord, therefore supposing that he would be merciful unto them that they would again become a righteous people.
13 But behold this my joy was vain, for their sorrowing was not unto repentance, because of the goodness of God; but it was rather the sorrowing of the damned, because the Lord would not always suffer them to take happiness in sin.

Here’s a reason to confess our sins early: because if we wait until we begin to experience the negative consequences of our actions, it will be hard to know how repentant we truly are. Are we genuinely sorry for what we have done, or are we only sorry we didn’t get away with it? No wonder the Lord, in His mercy, has created a space between sin and consequence. In most cases, we have the privilege of coming to ourselves (Luke 15:17) and of humbling ourselves without being compelled to be humble (Alma 32:16). How noble it is for a person to freely admit that they have done wrong, to ask forgiveness, and to “apply the atoning blood of Christ” (Mosiah 4:2) so that they can overcome the sin permanently!
Today, I will ask Heavenly Father the following questions, as recommended by Larry R. Lawrence: “What do I need to change?” “How can I improve?” “What weakness needs strengthening?” (“What Lack I Yet,” General Conference, October 2015) I will listen for answers, and I will act upon the inspiration I receive. I will repent proactively instead of reactively

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