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
will.”

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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