More Sorrow For Sin

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While waiting in Sacrament Meeting today between receiving the bread and water, I read through the hymn “More Holiness Give Me.”

As I thought about the words of the hymn, I noticed how much relevance it seemed to have toward my post-conference resolution. Phrases like “more patience in suffering” and “more gratitude give me” were directly touching on the areas where I am trying to improve.

As I pondered the entire song, however, one specific phrase stuck out to me: more sorrow for sin.

I wonder how often we try to repent without having sufficient sorrow. One of the most critical components of the repentance process is feeling bad about what we do. Who’s going to forgive us for lying to them, for example, if we apologize while a grin adorns our face?

3 thoughts on “More Sorrow For Sin

  1. Good question…

    Remember Alma who was wracked with torment.

    Alma 36:14
    14 Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction; yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought of coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror.

  2. One of the ironies of sorrow for sin is that if one is sorrowful for sin they are on the path to forgiveness. When forgiveness comes the sorrow is gone. Sorrow for sin can be short lived if one repents quickly. Real sorrow for sin comes most to the unrepentant. I believe the prophet Mormon? spoke of this type of sorrow. my 2 cents.

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