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'Forgive men their trespasses.' (Matthew 6:14)

'Forgive men their trespasses.' (Matthew 6:14)

Allowing anger or resentment to fester will never lead to happiness. We must make amends with people before bitterness destroys our important relationships

Does someone really get on your nerves?

Write down all of that person’s positive qualities, and then try to imagine how God sees them.

Is there a family member or friend that’s offended you?

Give them a call and resolve your differences.

Do you have unresolved differences with someone?

Don’t let anger or regret fester. Take action to work it out.

Robert L. Simpson October 1966 'Forgiveness'

First of all, it must be recognized that the great principle of repentance is largely dependent upon forgiveness. He who has transgressed and then decides to repent is expected to seek out those he has offended, to solicit their forgiveness. I know of one man who carried his grudge to the grave after 40 long, bitter years of refusing to forgive. What a tragedy! His light was never able to shine forth as intended. As recorded in 1 John, 'But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes'  1 John. 2:11 Paul wrote to the Saints at Corinth about the importance of forgiving readily, 'Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices'  2 Corinthians. 2:11

Only as we forgive do we earn the right to be forgiven. This is an eternal principle, so taught by the Savior when he said: 'For if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you'  Matthew. 6:14

Paul certainly understood this great truth, for he taught: 'And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you'  Ephesians. 4:32

Not only need we forgive to be forgiven, but we must also repent to earn this great blessing. A prophet of our day has recorded that the repentant 'shall be forgiven, according to the covenants and commandments of the church'  Doctrint & Covenants 68:24 Then this sweet assurance followed: '. . . and I, the Lord, remember them no more'  Doctrine & Covenants 58:42