To be in the right, members must forgive

"To be in the right we must forgive, and we must do so without regard to whether or not our antagonist repents, or how sincere is his transformation, or whether or not he asks our forgiveness," wrote President Spencer W. Kimball in The Miracle of Forgiveness.

"We must follow the example and the teaching of the Master, who said: ` . . . Ye ought to say in your hearts let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds.' (D&C 64:11.) But men often are unwilling to leave it to the Lord, fearing perhaps that the Lord might be too merciful, less severe than is proper in the case. In this we could all take a lesson from David."When David was being pursued to the death by the jealous King Saul, and David came upon an easy opportunity to kill him, the young, pure-minded David refrained from ridding himself of his enemy. He cut off the skirt of Saul's robe to prove to the king that he had been in David's hand and at his mercy. Speaking later to Saul, he said:

" `I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

" `The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee . . . wickedness proceedeth from the wicked.' (1 Sam. 24:11-13.)

"And Saul, when he realized how helpless he had been when at the mercy of David, responded:

" `Thou art more righteous then I; for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.' " (1 Sam. 24:17.)

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