If I'm Forgiven, Why Does My Past Still Bother Me?

by Brad Wilcox

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The Atonement allows us to repent and be forgiven, but sometimes past choices continue to haunt us. We need to remember that, while God doesn’t condone sin, He knows that broken covenants can lead to broken hearts, which can lead us to Christ, the mender of all broken things. In this talk, Brother Wilcox explains how the advice to “forgive and forget” is good when dealing with other people’s sins, but not with our own. As we’re forgiven, Christ takes away the pain of sin but leaves the memory to ensure learning. With powerful examples from the scriptures and from personal experience, he demonstrates that our memories of forgiven sins, like dark lines in polished marble, can actually make us valuable and beautiful. His perspective brings peace to all who trust that God can forgive them but who have a difficult time forgiving themselves.

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Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox is an associate professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, where he also enjoys teaching at Campus Education Week and Especially for Youth. He speaks at Time Out for Women events and is the author of The Continuous Atonement, The Continuous Conversion, Because of the Messiah in a Manger, and the BYU devotional, "His Grace is Sufficient." In 2018, his book Changed through His Grace received the Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication award for LDS Scholarship. As a young man, Brad served his mission in Chile, and in 2003 he returned to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission for three years. He also served as a member of the Sunday School general board from 2009 to 2014. Brad and his wife, Debi, have four children and eight grandchildren.

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An answer to prayer
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have worried about some of the issues discussed in this talk for years. It was as if Brad Wilcox read my mind. Not only did he bring up the questions and concerns I have had, but he answered them beautifully. As I listened to his words I felt like I received an answer to prayer. I finally feel the peace I have been seeking. The thoughts Brother Wilcox shares have changed my whole perspective. I will never be the same. I have never doubted that God and Christ could forgive me, but--thanks to this talk--I finally feel like I can let go of the past and forgive myself. Thank you Brother Wilcox.

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