Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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for this once, for mine own glory, and for the  salvation of souls, I have forgiven you your  sins.
2 I will be merciful unto you, for I have  given unto you the kingdom: and the keys of  the mysteries of the kingdom, shall not be ta ken from my servant Joseph Smith, jr. through  the means I have appointed, while he liveth,  inasmuch as he obeyeth mine ordinances.—  There are those who have sought occasion  against him without cause; nevertheless he  has sinned, but verily I say unto you, I the  Lord forgiveth sins unto those who confess  their sins before me, and ask forgivness, who  have not sinned unto death. My disciples, in  days of old, sought occasion against one anoth er, and forgave not one another in their hearts,  and for this evil they were afflicted, and sore ly chastened: wherefore I say unto you, that  ye ought to forgive one another, for he that  forgiveth not his brother his tresspasses, stan deth condemned before the Lord, for their re maineth in him the greater sin. I the Lord  will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it  is required to forgive all men; and ye ought  to say in your hearts, let God judge between  me and thee, and reward thee according to  thy deeds. And he that repenteth not of his  sins, and confesseth them not, then ye shall  bring him before the church, and do with him  as the Scriptures saith unto you, either by  commandment, or by revelation. And this  ye shall do that God might be glorified, not be cause ye forgive not, having not compassion,  but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the [p. 210]
for this once, for mine own glory, and for the salvation of souls, I have forgiven you your sins.
2 I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the kingdom: and the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom, shall not be taken from my servant Joseph Smith, jr. through the means I have appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch as he obeyeth mine ordinances.— There are those who have sought occasion against him without cause; nevertheless he has sinned, but verily I say unto you, I the Lord forgiveth sins unto those who confess their sins before me, and ask forgivness, who have not sinned unto death. My disciples, in days of old, sought occasion against one another, and forgave not one another in their hearts, and for this evil they were afflicted, and sorely chastened: wherefore I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another, for he that forgiveth not his brother his tresspasses, standeth condemned before the Lord, for their remaineth in him the greater sin. I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men; and ye ought to say in your hearts, let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds. And he that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, then ye shall bring him before the church, and do with him as the Scriptures saith unto you, either by commandment, or by revelation. And this ye shall do that God might be glorified, not because ye forgive not, having not compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the [p. 210]
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