Take You Back

The reason why I stand
The answer lies in You
You hung to make me strong
Though my praise was few
When I fall I bring Your name down
But I have found in You
A heart that bleeds forgiveness
replacing all these thoughts of painful memories
But I know that Your response will always be

I’ll take you back always
Even when your fight is over now
I’ll take you back always
Even when the pain is coming through
I’ll take you back

Take You Back ~ Jeremy Camp

We are imperfect beings sent to live on an imperfect world. We live, make mistakes, and grow from those experiences. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. In fact, He expects us to make mistakes. Of course that’s not saying He condones our failures, but He knows we will always fall short. It’s inevitable.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

But this doesn’t excuse us from not trying our hardest.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

We are told to be perfect, as God is perfect. An impossibility, yes. But God is no dummy. We must strive for perfection. Ahhh, now that sounds a little bit easier, right? Well, maybe not, but at least it makes more sense.

To be completely honest, however, I’m absolutely terrible at this whole ‘striving for perfection’ thing. Even more candidly, I often feel like a failure. But such thoughts do not come from the Big Man Upstairs. More specifically, the source of that negativity is the small man in the basement, Satan himself. He wants us to feel as though we cannot return to the straight and narrow path. It’s too late to turn back around. It’s too far to walk back. Its no use, you’ll just miss it and stray from the path again. Perhaps Satan’s most deceitful lie is the idea that Jesus doesn’t want us back. But who did Jesus spend the majority of His ministry chillin’ out with? The publicans and sinners!

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17)

Satan would have us believe that Jesus will not take us back, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Jesus will always take us back, so long as we repent and have faith in Him. Jesus said to take His yoke upon us and we will find rest. Allow Him to carry your burdens. He suffered and died for us. He took our sins upon Himself. He wants us to turn to Him and place our troubles upon His shoulders. So let’s allow Him to do us. Let’s use the atonement of Christ. Let’s repent and follow Him. He will always take us back.

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“And ye shall also forgive one another…”

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(Matthew 6:14-15)

There is more to forgiveness than having God forgive us of our sins. Forgiveness also involves us forgiving those that have wronged us. It’s not always an easy thing to do. The “natural man” within us doesn’t like to let things go. Holding a grudge, or holding a wrong deed over someone’s head to cause them endless guilt, is often our view of justice. But this isn’t so. We know that it’s not our place to judge, so we are commanded to forgive others.

In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Alma this:

And ye shall also forgive one another your trespasses; for verily I say unto you, he that forgiveth not his neighbor’s trespasses when he says that he repents, the same hath brought himself under condemnation. (Mosiah 26:31)

If we cannot forgive others of personal and often minor offenses, how can we expect our Heavenly Father to forgive us of our disobedience to His commandments? Let us not judge one another, but instead love and forgive one another. In this way can charity, the pure love of Christ, abound within us.