July 2015 Relief Society Visiting Teaching Message: Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Forgiving and Merciful

July 2015 Relief Society Visiting Teaching Message: 

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My Thoughts:

When I first read this topic header I was immediately filled with excitement!  I love the topic of forgiveness and mercy.  The "consider this question" at the bottom of the article asks: "How can forgiveness benefit the one forgiving?" I have found that as I freely forgive, I am able to be filled with peace.  When someone wrongs us it can cause us to be filled with feelings of sadness, anger and even revenge. It is like a poison that enters our veins, bringing us sadness.  But as we set aside those feelings and extend mercy and truly forgive, we will be filled with the antidote that will bring peace, love and joy.   The best thing is that we have our loving Savior that through the atonement made it possible for repentance and is also there to help us to forgive.  I know that when I have been wronged and have felt deep sadness and sorrow, I have been able to turn that over to the Savior. To ask for His help in extending mercy and forgiving.  It is our Father in Heaven and the Savior's responsibility to judge and seek retribution, not ours, it is our responsibility to FORGIVE FREELY.  What does that mean? That means that even if the offender does not say they're sorry, we still forgive them.  We may not be able to control the actions of others, but we can control our response. That is what we can do, we can choose forgiveness and love over condemnation and hate. I testify that as we do so we will be filled with peace, hope and happiness.  Luke 6: 36-37 states: "36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"

Gift Idea:

Attach to a box of band aids or antibiotic cream aka neosporin 

Here is the link to previous Visiting Teaching Posts.

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