I realize I have been writing quite a bit about repentance over the past few days but please bare with me. As we have been observing Rosh Hashanah, repentance is the biggest part of it and it is imperative that repentance come before atonement. Atonement will come on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning on the 17th.
Is this the only time we can seek repentance and forgiveness? Of course not. Daily repentance is required of all who would follow the Lord. Until the day comes when sin is removed, even the most faithful of us will stumble. But this can happen in any relationship, human or divine. When we wrong someone, we must apologize. A strong relationship, whether between a man and wife or between friends, will survive any number of blows. And so will our walk with God if we seek His daily cleansing for our sins. The Apostle John wrote, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
The word “confess” means to agree with God regarding our sin AND be willing to change. There is no need to wait for a certain time of the year to repent. For the believer in Jesus the Messiah, it is a daily duty. Repentance happens within a relationship and is motivated by love rather than guilt.
Paul wrote, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God has taken the first step toward us, and now it is our turn to respond.
Repentance is the first step but it is not the only step. We have wronged God, we have broken His perfect law. The penalty for that is death, just as Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death…
A high price must be paid for our sin. Something or someone innocent, pure, without sin must die to pay that price. That is where the next High Holy Day comes in; Yom Kippur. Stay tuned as we begin to talk about Yom Kippur and how, in God’s infinite wisdom, it points directly to “…THE Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
What does God have for you…just around the corner?