Monday, October 11, 2010

Forgive and Forget

That's what they say. It's good advice, but it's not very practical. We often say we have forgiven but it's hard to just let go of things when others have hurt us or we have hurt ourselves. I was reading through President Boyd K. Packer's conference talk tonight trying to figure out just what was so offensive about it and why the media has gotten so involved when I found something I wasn't expecting. President Packer says,

"Sometimes, even after confession and paying penalties, the most difficult part of repentance is to forgive one's self. You must come to know that forgiveness means forgiveness."

All too often we are too hard on ourselves. We hold our mistakes against ourselves and don't let them go even after others have. To realize how true the statement from President Packer is brings new light into life especially when we make mistakes in our own lives. Forgiveness means forgiveness no matter who wrongs you. I am so grateful for the little things in my life that truly make so much difference. Even something as small as finding a simple quote that helps better my understanding of life and the gospel.

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