Alas! Alas! My sins have prevented me from approaching the Court of Thy holiness and my trespasses have caused me to stray far from the Tabernacle of Thy Majesty. I have committed that which Thou didst forbid me to do and have put away what Thou didst ordain me to observe.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 25)
Pray to God day and night and beg forgiveness and pardon. The omnipotence of God shall solve every difficulty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 116)
Shoghi Effendi considered himself a failure to “Rise to the situation the Master’s passing had placed him in” - and this distressed him for many years.
(Rúhíyyih Rabbání, The Priceless Pearl, p. 72)
The Fatherhood of God, His loving kindness and beneficence are apparent to all. In His mercy He provides fully and amply for His creatures, and if any soul sins, He does not suspend His bounty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 150)
The individual alone must assess his character, consult his conscience, prayerfully consider all it’s aspects, manfully struggle against the natural inertia that weighs him down in his efforts to arise, shed, heroically and irrevocably, the trivial and superfluous attachments which hold him back, empty himself of every thought that may tend to obstruct his path …
(Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 148)
Verily, the breezes of forgiveness have been wafted from the direction of your Lord, the God of Mercy; whoso turneth thereunto, shall be cleansed of his sins, and of all pain and sickness. Happy the man that hath turned towards them, and woe betide him that hath turned aside.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 17-18)
… whereas the one true God knoweth all things, perceiveth all things, and comprehendeth all things, mortal man is prone to err, and is ignorant of the mysteries that lie enfolded within him …
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 186)