13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?
14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.
Our Savior is inclusive. Because of the nature of the gift He offers us, we must receive it willingly. In fact, we need to proactively seek it. But His message in these verses is clear: everyone is eligible to receive the gift. “Whosoever will come, him will I receive.” He wants to save us all.
Furthermore, even though repentance is a requirement for our salvation, note that it is not the first step. The first step is to turn to the Savior. Why is that? Because He has the power to heal us. Because He can give us power to repent and to be converted. He’s not looking for perfect people to save. He’s looking for sinners who want to overcome their sins. He has the power to change our nature, and He wants to exercise that power on our behalf. His “arm of mercy” is extended toward us, whether we realize it or not, and all we have to do to begin the healing process is reach out to Him.
I’m grateful for the universality of the Savior’s love and for His promise to receive all who turn to Him. I will seek His help today as I strive to improve and to overcome my shortcomings. I will come unto Him so that He can heal me.