(October 11, 2015)
I am convinced that we make the application of the Atonement in our lives much harder than it needs to be. Logically, of course, it makes sense that the process of repentance must be difficult and painful (and it is), but that doesn’t mean that either Grace or forgiveness is slow in coming – rather it is merely a recognition that the process of sanctification takes longer in the event that the damage to our souls is greater.
But the moment we turn our hearts to God, we can receive forgiveness and begin on the path back. This chapter describes it in the language that if we repent and harden not our hearts immediately is the great plan of redemption brought about unto us. I can testify that the word immediately is the exact right word – the moment we desire to give our everything to the Lord, that is enough and He begins the application of His Grace to change us from what we were into what we must become.