How do we know we've repented?
By mint
3/22/2013 8:17:38 PM
I think we have all thought of this. Are we washed from our sins/specific transgression, or did we miss a step and really still have that stain?

I know I've thought a lot about this because it bothers me to think that I'm not doing what I should be doing. One time I felt completely at peace with myself, and I slipped up. I felt I had just lied to myself about feeling clean because I fell so easily. Addiction is a difficult thing because, some scriptures say you must turn away from he sin to be truly forgiven.

So you guys:

How do you know if you've been forgiven and repented for your sins?
do you have a feeling, or do you read the scriptures reflect on your actions and pray about it. What do you do and feel?

Here's the summary of repentance.

A change of mind and heart that brings a fresh attitude toward God, oneself, and life in general. Repentance implies that a person turns away from evil and turns his heart and will to God, submitting to God’s commandments and desires and forsaking sin. True repentance comes from a love for God and a sincere desire to obey His commandments. All accountable persons have sinned and must repent in order to progress toward salvation. Only through the atonement of Jesus Christ can our repentance become effective and accepted by God.


"Your Bishop will guide you through all the steps of repentance but ultimately you must feel at peace with yourself through the Spirit. I personally believe that I can be forgiven and that I will lose all desire for that particular sin (another indicator of forgiveness) but somehow I should be mindful (and I say this with much care) that I am still an addict. And that I have implanted triggers that can set me on those well trodden paths. Eventually these triggers will lessen over time as you walk in the path of Christ but we should tread that path with care knowing that we should be even more vigilant than someone else who has not taken those forbidden paths. I hope that helps."
posted at 20:48:09 on March 22, 2013 by stayingclean
Repentance is not recovery    
"Repentance is immediate....then comes the recovery......the scriptures tell us..when we sin sexually we can repent and be forgiven through the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. But we are also told, we will struggle in the flesh. That struggle is the recovery process.. That process always starts with daily prayer, reading recovery material, being accountable to someone, preferably someone who has walked your path and is farther down the road than you. Someone you can call and say, hey I am struggling here, can you help me, what did you do? And the 12 step program is designed just for that purpose.

I truly believe that, so many get stuck because of lack of understanding of the process. I will repeat!!! Repentance is not recovery! The atonement is the greatest tool for that recovery process and the 12 steps help you understand.

Being accountable is the path for recovery."
posted at 02:09:32 on March 23, 2013 by Hero
Ask yourself one thing..    
"Is what i'm doing, thinking, saying, etc.. Does it have the approval of Heaven? Then you have a welcome environment for the Spirit!"
posted at 07:41:22 on March 25, 2013 by Anonymous
"To StayingClean: I think I agree with what you say. It makes sense, we would have triggers and we know we're forgiven so why do we have these urges. Because it's our body. Cool explanation.

To Hero: I think this is really foggy for me. Repentance is immediate....but exactly when? There is no universal repentance time or else my question would have no meaning. Is it when you: pray and ask for forgiveness? When you confess to the bishop? When your cant take the sacrament? When you receive disciplinary punishment?

That's my question. At what point do we know? Honestly I think the struggle is the Repentance process, that would be a lit harder because that's where you have a change of heart. Idk, this idea of knowing and feeling when you have been forgiven is something serious for an addict like myself. Idk if it bothers you guys but it bothers me.

To anon: You know I love the Spirit. If we dont have the environment for the spirit, how can we be influenced by good? Great point"
posted at 19:03:20 on March 26, 2013 by mint
"With my church discipline, I learned that forgiveness from the church and forgiveness from the Lord are two different things. Learned this from my bishop and from The Miracle of Forgiveness. It is my understanding that the church will tell you when you are forgiven of the church. But forgiveness of the Lord....this is something you know in your heart. It is my experience that in order to recognize this forgiveness, one thing that needed to happen is forgiveness of self."
posted at 22:34:50 on March 26, 2013 by g1rlie
i feel it    
"Last summer I completed my step 5 by sharing my inventory with my Stake Pres. The experience was beautiful, I walked out of that office feeling lighter and cleaner than I have ever felt. I knew in my heart that I was forgiven. This experience prepared the way for me to feel the same cleanliness for my husband. He was re-baptized a few months ago. It was stunning. I will never forget how the Lord spoke to me telling me that my husband had earned his forgiveness.

In our quiet, peaceful moments I think our hearts speak to us. Sharing the love forgiveness has to offer. Sometimes we are too human and hold onto not forgiving ourselves. But if we listen I know the Spirit will tell you what you need to know.

Since last summer I have felt and urging to do another inventory and I have felt the need to repent for other things in the past. This is the way of life. and this is the process of repentance and forgiveness. And there is an enormous power in repenting and accepting forgiveness each Sunday with the Sacrament.

This is my experience with forgiveness. Forgiving myself allowed me to feel the forgiveness of the Lord."
posted at 16:47:22 on March 27, 2013 by scabs
temple recommend;)    
"it's been years since I been but I know when I am worthy of a temple recommend, I'm forgiven. ....time.............................I feel Lord has forgiven me tho."
posted at 19:42:18 on March 27, 2013 by marie sober
Ya i agree.    
"To girlie: That's a good point. The church lets you know when your good as far as the church standing goes, but personally you will know as far as the Lords forgiveness is.

To Scabs: Forgiving ourselves is tough. I can't even wrap my mind around that yet because I'm....weird.

To Marie: yes! I think being temple worthy is an swine indicator of where you will be in the after life:) I mentioned that earlier on my other post. But sometimes we never feel worthy! Lol.

To Kickit: Forsaking the sin is extremely important. You even made a post on it after this lol. I'll head over there."
posted at 19:14:24 on April 8, 2013 by mint

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"If it were possible to make your road very easy, you wouldn’t grow in strength. If you were always forgiven for every mistake without effort on your part, you would never receive the blessings of repentance. If everything were done for you, you wouldn’t learn how to work, or gain self-confidence, or acquire the power to change. "

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