Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know. In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.
Letter to Author’s Family
Sometimes I find myself doubting God’s complete mercy for me. He’s always willing to forgive me. I know this, but I don’t realize I doubt it after I sin. When I come across the same struggle over and over I always feel like I’ll never be forgiven because I’ve stumbled over it too many times.
God’s love was made perfectly clear in the explanation of Hosea’s story. Even though Gomer forsook him and she did not deserve his mercy, he gave it to her anyway. He went to find her and brought her back into his love and care. This mirror’s Christ’s love for us perfectly; his love is unconditional.
Another verse that helped me understand what I need to do for my part is Romans 8:24. It says, “For we are saved by hope.” Like Professor Griffin said, this isn’t the only step in our salvation but it is a step. I need to have hope that I can be forgiven. When I have hope it shows that I am trusting that God will hold up his part of the covenant.
There is nothing more beautiful to me than Christ’s love. Even though throughout my life I have and I will forsake Him, He will never forsake me. Whenever you are in doubt that you have or can be forgiven for your transgressions just remember that our perfect God has made that covenant to always forgive you. He will never fail you and you should never doubt His love. I urge you to continue in hope and never fail to see His love for you.