A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit…

“What are a broken heart and a contrite spirit? And why are they
considered a sacrifice?

“As in all things, the Savior’s life
offers us the perfect example: though Jesus of Nazareth was utterly without
sin, He walked through life with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, as
manifested by His submission to the will of the Father. ‘For I came
down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent
me’ (John 6:38). To His disciples He said, ‘Learn of me; for I am
meek and lowly in heart’ (Matthew 11:29). And when the time came to pay
the ultimate sacrifice entailed in the Atonement, Christ shrank not to
partake of the bitter cup but submitted completely to His Father’s

Topics: humility, sacrifice, Jesus Christ, example,
Atonement, submissiveness

(Bruce D. Porter, “A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 31 32)


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