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Manuscript Releases, vol. 15 [Nos. 1136-1185], Page 172

Mr No. 1159—Treatment of the Erring

The Scriptures speak plainly in regard to the course to be pursued toward the erring: “Ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

To convince one of his errors is a most delicate work; for, through constant exercise, certain modes of acting or thinking become second nature; through habit a moral taste is created; and it is very hard for those who err to see their errors. Many are blind to faults in themselves which are plainly discerned by others. There is always hope of repentance and reformation in one who recognizes his faults. But some are too proud to confess that they are in the wrong, even when their errors are plainly pointed out and they see them. In a general way they will admit that they are human, liable to err; but they expect others to trust them as if they were unerring. Such confessions count nothing with God.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” “Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.” “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” “I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine

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