The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

IMG_3776I remember thinking ‘The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree’ as a pregnant teenager. (I see how my thought was spiritual, that ‘I fell..but not far from Father in Heaven.’ Considering the tree in Lehi’s dream my thought is beautiful, that ‘I fell…but not far from the love of God.’) Falling allowed me to access the Atonement of Jesus Christ as I truly repented and was instantly forgiven.

None of us is perfect and we all make mistakes. How merciful is God’s plan, that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ (Jesus took upon Himself our sins in the garden of Gethsemane-sweating blood from every pore, and He died on the cross for us), He -a perfect being who paid the price of our imperfect sins; and His payment made us perfect because justice demanded our perfection in the presence of God- caused a way for us to return to Heavenly Father!

The beauty of Christ’s Atonement goes a step further in that because He took upon Himself our sins in the garden of Gethsemane He knows -with perfect empathy- what we suffer because He experienced feeling our sins. Put another way, the Atonement of Jesus Christ helps us as Jesus comforts us in a way that no one else can because He’s felt what we feel.

Turning to God by repenting is necessary but many times it’s the last thing we do because He’s perfect and we want to hide our sins from Him. Perhaps we tell ourselves something like I’ll work through the error myself then turn to Him when I’m perfect, but think about this: He knows our sins. The Atonement of Christ was done so He could help us sense relief when we say ‘I’m sorry’ and repent, feel comfort, overcome our errors, and improve. We need to turn to God now, and be free from the shackles and bondage of sin!

November 1, 2017