This week we learned about Saul, who had been fighting against Jesus. But Heavenly Father loved Saul, and Jesus invited him to repent. Saul changed a lot. He even changed his name to Paul.
Paul taught us that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). We all make mistakes and all need to change. When we make a mistake, we feel bad -- and we should for a little bit. Paul said, “godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10). When we feel sad or guilty for doing something Heavenly Father wished we hadn’t and we wish we hadn’t, those feelings help us change.
About a year ago, I stole a Z-bar, which is a delicious granola bar. I hid the wrapper, but my parents found it. As a consequence, I paid $20 for that Z-bar. I said sorry to my parents and to Heavenly Father, but it was still hard to change. About a week later, I stole another Z-bar and lost another $20. I said sorry again and asked Heavenly Father to help me resist those delicious Z-bars. I am still tempted by Z-bars, but I have not stolen one since. I know that if you ask Heavenly Father for help you will get it. Heavenly Father wants us to change.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.