Friday, August 27, 2010

Helaman - Chapter 15

7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them-
  8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free.
I love Mormon's observation that having a change of heart amounts to being made free.  Sin is bondage or the captivity of the devil.  Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance which leads to that liberating change of heart.

A change of heart is not a one time event.  I ask for a new heart every day.  Repentance and redemption are a process.  In Elder Bruce R. McConkie's wonderful song I Believe in Christ the phrase is "..He ransoms me.."  not He ransomed me.  Big difference.  Ransom: to make free.

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