Thursday, March 17, 2011

Through Christ We Can Become Cleansed From Sin

Because of Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection, all people will be brought back into the presence of the Lord to be judged according to their works and their desires. We will be judged according to the laws of justice and mercy.
 Justice is the unchanging law that brings consequences for our actions. We receive blessings for obedience to God’s commandments and penalties for disobedience. We are all human, commit sin, and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sin makes us unclean, and no unclean thing can live in God’s presence (3 Nephi 27:19).

 You Can Be Freed Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. All Can be Transformed, Cleansed, and Freed From Addiction and Sin.

 That truth can be quite overwhelming and actually scary. That is why I am grateful for the Savior, Jesus Christ, who satisfied the demands of justice for all those who rely on His atoning sacrifice and sincerely repent of their sins. Jesus literally took upon himself the sins of all mankind. I do not think any mortal mind can wrap their minds around Christ's atonement for us. However, we can feel of the love and the power from the atonement. Because of this selfless act, Christ can plead with the Father in our behalf. Heavenly Father can have mercy on us, withold punishment, and eventually welcome us into his glorious presence. 
   Although Christ payed the penalty for our sins, He did not eliminate our personal responsibility or agency. Our Heavenly Father's forgivenss is conditional upon our willingness to change and follow His commandments. We must show that we accept Christ and that we have faith in Him by keeping His commandments and obeying the first principles and ordinances of the gospel.
  Only through the Savior’s grace and mercy can we become clean from sin so that we can live in our
Heavenly Father’s presence. Becoming clean from sin is being healed spiritually.
  Lynn A Mickelsen of the Quorom of the Seventy once stated, " There is a parallel between our garments being washed clean through the blood of the Lamb and how we wash our own dirty linen. It is through His atoning sacrifice that our garments will be cleansed. The scriptural reference to garments encompasses our whole being. The need for cleansing comes as we become soiled through sin. The judgment and forgiving are the Savior’s prerogative, for only He can forgive and wash away our sins."

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