For as long as I can remember, this picture has been stuck in my scriptures at Luke 22:42-44
…Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Over the last couple of weeks I have heard our Stake President refer to this scripture twice. On both occasions he was sharing with small groups his thoughts on the process of repentance. He said words to the effect of…
I don’t know what, if anything, the angel said, but I would like to think he whispered my name, or your name, or perhaps the name of an individual you and I judge harshly. Reminding the Saviour of individuals he was atoning for, giving Him the strength to power through the unimaginable pain.
As we prepare for this coming Easter season, perhaps we can be more forgiving. Show more kindness in our dealings with others. More welcoming to those embracing the gospel even if it’s their second, third or fourth time of returning from being lost.
Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there 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 D&C 64:9-10