REPENTANCE

 


Repentance is the Lord’s law of growth, his principle

of development, and his plan for happiness.

-Spencer W. Kimball

 

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Consider that you are infected with leprosy.  It is my belief that everything spiritual has a temporal parallel and visa versa. For example: leprosy could be likened to sin.

-"For we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."-Rom. 3: 23
 

If we were to become tainted with an infectious disease we would seek medical attention immediately.  We wouldn't wait around thinking that the problem would just go away.  Hence, my example of having leprosy instead of something small like a bad cough, consider the following definition taken from the Bible Dictionary to give weight to this concept:
 
"Leprosy is a terrible form of skin disease, still common in dry climates, and highly contagious. Lepers were forbidden by the law to enter any walled city. If a stranger approached, the leper was obliged to cry “unclean.” The disease was regarded as a living death, indicated by bare head, rent clothes, and covered lip. For the regulations concerning the treatment of lepers, see Lev. 13 and Lev. 14.


An infectious, contagious disease repeatedly spoken of in the O.T. and the N.T. Many notables were at some time afflicted with it, including Moses (Ex. 4: 6-7), his sister Miriam (Num. 12: 10), Naaman (2 Kgs. 5), and King Uzziah (2 Chr. 26: 19-21). In these cases leprosy was given as a sign, a warning, or a punishment. There were apparently several types of leprosy, and the word is used in the Bible to designate other sicknesses or diseases. For example, clothing and walls were said to be leprous when they had patches of mildew or some fungous growth, as in Lev. 13: 47-59; Lev. 14: 33-37. Instances of Jesus curing leprosy are recorded in Matt. 8: 2-4; Mark 1: 40-45; Luke 5: 12-15; Luke 17: 11-15."
 

It is such a nasty disease that anyone that had it would obviously know about it, and do everything in their power to rid it, and at all costs. All of us have some type of spiritual disease and some are worse than others.  For example, the Savior would end some of his parables with this: "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear."  The spiritual implication would be you might be hearing Him speak, but you have no idea what he is talking about.  Another example would be found in the book of Matthew.  The savior sums it all up when he says:   
 
For this people’s is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their they have; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Repentance in and of itself is an act of faith.  The first principles and ordinances of the gospel go hand in hand and they flow from one to the other.  They are simple, but extremely complex at the exact same time.  They are shallow water, and a deep rabbit hole.  This is how the gospel embraces all levels of development.  This is how the gospel can apply both to a child and an adult.

 

My point is, that we all need to repent, and at different levels.  Some of us are numb to repentance altogether.  Sometimes they are phases that we pass through.  We are spiritually overboard like the Pharisees and Sadducee's.  Then some time later we find ourselves ignoring the Lord wanting to repent then the battle with guilt ensues.  It might even be cyclical.  I believe if we are constantly striving to progress we can break the cycle.  [Editing]