Saturday, April 28, 2018
I really believe this one. Why is it that we want to be forgiven for our own sins, but somehow we also want to judge? To say someone else's sin is worse than our own? To say who or who should not be forgiven. I don't mean that we have to continually allow others to hurt us or be in abusive relationships. We have every right to protect ourselves. But we also have to allow others the chance to repent and change their lives. We need to allow them the opportunity to get to know the Savior for themselves, repent and change.
I have had amazing experiences in my own life for the change that can happen. One of the most amazing experiences that I had involved and family who was newly baptized.
They had a special needs son, whom the father did not like or want to be around. He did not hold him or hug him or want to be with him at all. They also had a younger, healthy son whom the father doted on and gave all the attention to. The man had made a lot of mistakes in his life. He had been a biker, and involved in gangs. He was covered in tattoos. He was very gruff around the edges. The parents were seriously talking divorce.
I watched the gospel and the love of God change this entire family. I especially watched the father change as his changes were visible to all of us. He went from being gruff around the edges to one of the most concerned individuals I have ever met. He treated his wife like she was his world and started treating his older son the same. They became inseparable and nearly everywhere the father went the young boy was with him, riding on his shoulders. I watched them bring so many others to the Savior with their love and acceptance and especially their believe that anyone could change.
There is so much more I could add about them, but they touched my heart in so many ways. I knew them for over two years before they were transferred. His wife and I became good friends and we did many things together. I saw those changes for myself and it taught me that we can never judge someone else by their past, perceived or known. Every single one of us is capable of repentance and forgiveness. It takes and willing heart and a true desire for change.
I am grateful to have been able to call myself their friend.