Is struggle-free forgiveness possible?
Posted by BrianJ on May 5, 2012
Enos cried all day and into the night for forgiveness. At long last, the Lord tells him, “Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.”
Is this kind of wrestle a prerequisite to forgiveness? Can remission of sins be received more easily?
I don’t presume to know Enos’ sins. Perhaps they were indeed grievous and heinous—the kind of things few of us would even dream of. But I’m inclined to think not. I’m inclined to think that the types of sins that weighed down Enos are very similar to those that weigh down most of us.
So I wonder: if Enos (seemingly) needed to cry so mightily to be forgiven, do I need to also? Or, put another way, if I haven’t ever cried so mightily in prayer and supplication, then have I really been forgiven?
Are there other examples from scripture that show what process people went through before being forgiven? There is the man with palsy in Mark 2 who was let down through the roof in order to access Jesus. It’s not even clear that he asked for forgiveness, although Jesus was clearly moved by the group’s demonstration of faith. Then there is Lyman Sherman (D&C 108), who was forgiven simply because he sought revelation from Joseph Smith regarding his duty.
What to make of this? Is forgiveness hard-fought or easily won? Is Enos a shining example, or was he “trying too hard”? Or is his experience strictly that: his own experience, applicable to no one but him?