1 Nephi 19:9
9 And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they aspit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving bkindness and his clong-suffering towards the children of men.
The world was so wicked that they didn't recognize that Jesus was the holy son of God. So they followed Satan and tried to destroy Jesus by torturing him even to death. He was kind and patient even with their evil ways causing him great pain.
Isa. 50:6 (5–6)
2 Cor. 6:6
1 Pet. 3:9
Jesus is the perfect of kindness and longsuffering.
When we suffer, then we can know Him better for He suffered the most of any mortal.
4/16 Kevin R. Duncan
The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness
Gratefully, God, in His love and mercy for His children, has prepared a way to help us navigate these sometimes turbulent experiences of life. He has provided an escape for all who fall victim to the misdeeds of others. He has taught us that we can forgive! Even though we may be a victim once, we need not be a victim twice by carrying the burden of hate, bitterness, pain, resentment, or even revenge. We can forgive, and we can be free!
Many years ago, while I was mending a fence, a small sliver of wood entered into my finger. I made a meager attempt to remove the sliver and thought I had done so, but apparently I had not. As time went on, skin grew over the sliver, creating a lump on my finger. It was annoying and sometimes painful.
Years later I decided to finally take action. All I did was simply apply ointment to the lump and cover it with a bandage. I repeated this process frequently. You cannot imagine my surprise when one day, as I removed the bandage, the sliver had emerged from my finger.
The ointment had softened the skin and created an escape for the very thing that had caused pain for so many years. Once the sliver was removed, the finger quickly healed, and to this day, there remains no evidence of any injury.
In a similar way, an unforgiving heart harbors so much needless pain. When we apply the healing ointment of the Savior’s Atonement, He will soften our heart and help us to change. He canheal the wounded soul (see Jacob 2:8).In a similar way, an unforgiving heart harbors so much needless pain. When we apply the healing ointment of the Savior’s Atonement, He will soften our heart and help us to change. He canheal the wounded soul (see Jacob 2:8).
I am convinced that most of us want to forgive, but we find it very hard to do. When we have experienced an injustice, we may be quick to say, “That person did wrong. They deserve punishment. Where is the justice?” We mistakenly think that if we forgive, somehow justice will not be served and punishments will be avoided.
This simply is not the case. God will mete out a punishment that is fair, for mercy cannot rob justice (see Alma 42:25). God lovingly assures you and me: “Leave judgment alone with me, for it is mine and I will repay. [But let] peace be with you” (D&C 82:23). The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob also promised that God “will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction” (Jacob 3:1).
As victims, if we are faithful, we can take great comfort in knowing that God will compensate us for every injustice we experience. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin stated: “The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. … Every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.”1As we strive to forgive others, let us also try to remember that we are all growing spiritually, but we are all at different levels. While it is easy to observe the changes and growth in the physical body, it is difficult to see the growth in our spirits.
One key to forgiving others is to try to see them as God sees them. At times, God may part the curtain and bless us with the gift to see into the heart, soul, and spirit of another person who has offended us. This insight may even lead to an overwhelming love for that person.
Jesus atoned not only for the sinner but for the victim.
The Savior taught us to be kind and longsuffering. It is this attitude that will help us heal from sins committed against us.
Forgiveness takes time if it is a serious offense. But God will help us if we trust in Him fully. The Savior is our example and He loves all of us. Only He can take the pain away from people who are betrayed and victimized. Do not allow yourself to be a victim of abuse but turn to the Lord and His servants for help. Allowing that, would not be forgiving and not the kind of longsuffering you should do. The Savior has already done that for us. Trust in Him.
With little petty things it is best to just quickly to let it go and forget about it. Any time we harbor ill feelings we hurt ourselves most.
220-Lord, I Would Follow Thee
140-Did You Think To Pray?24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye apray, bbelieve that ye receive them,and ye shall have them.
99-Help Me Dear Father