(Although students may choose other words, they should identify the following principle: If we come unto Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, He will receive us and redeem us from our sins.). The less successful trader uses the journal to vent frustration, often blaming circumstances for poor performance. White people can only demand repentance and they must demand it from each other. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Rather, we seek His grace to complement and reward our most diligent efforts (see 2 Nephi 25:23). This tendency of peak performers to agonize over their setbacks seems to fly in the face of the traditional understanding that success is a function of positive mindset. “The gospel teaches us that relief from torment and guilt can be earned through repentance. As a performance psychologist working with traders and investors in financial markets, I have been privy to their performance journals and reviews. It is noble and Christian. The sacrifice so entailed is a sacrifice of pride in all its forms. When have you seen others experience some of these same blessings as they have repented and moved closer to the Lord? “What are a broken heart and a contrite spirit? (As students respond, write this principle on the board: In order to receive the merciful blessings of forgiveness, we must exercise faith in Jesus Christ unto repentance. I can be reached at steenbab at aol dot com. It is interesting that each of these traditions associates repentance with fasting, as we pull away from the sensory, material world to connect with a greater spiritual reality. Communicate effectively to the victim the particular ways the perpetrator is actively committed to. As we sincerely repent, we can receive a remission of sins, which brings joy and peace of conscience to our souls. Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, 12 steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, Research summarized by the Greater Good Science Center. Encourage students to listen for insights into how we offer a broken heart and a contrite spirit as we repent. It is not necessarily discipline that keeps peak performers doing the right thing, but rather the drive and inspiration to make the most of what they've been given and the pain of letting themselves and others down. It is one of the greatest examples of loving the enemy. When they do, only then is racial reconciliation possible. I have previously written about the first two phases—resistance and recognition. Remember, reconciliation's goal is nothing short of restored community. It is the pain of sin that leads to the joy of salvation. Testify that the Savior’s merciful gift of repentance is available to each of us. Invite the class to look for blessings that the people received because of their repentance and faith. We often hear, "Why can't you let go of the past? According to these words of King Benjamin, how can we retain a remission of our sins throughout our lives? Invite a few students to share their feelings about the Savior’s atoning sacrifice and the gift of repentance. Who could forget the bond hearing where several relatives of those murdered made statements forgiving the shooter? Invite a few students to share what they might say to help Church members better understand this doctrine. Interestingly, research finds that forgiveness has been associated with reduced levels of stress and improved levels of health and well-being. You may opt-out by. This demand for forgiveness is made without contrition, remorse, or repentance. All believers are called to It was forgiveness without repentance. Healing also requires time” [“Repent … That I May Heal You,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 42].). What thoughts and feelings do you have as you consider that the Lord “smiles upon” you when you labor to overcome sin and mortal weakness? I have also written several dozen peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles on the topic of brief approaches to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional change and recently published a blog book on trading and spirituality. But that forgiveness is in the control of the offended; not the offender. Invite students to ponder what they can do to more fully exercise their faith in Jesus Christ by offering to Him a broken heart and a contrite spirit.