Forgiveness and Restoration
Greetings, Shalom, may the grace of YHWH be with you. I would like to share with you a little about forgiveness and restoring of oneself and others and getting back to a place of righteousness with Yahweh. How do we go through life committing offenses (sins) against others and not resolving them? Causing them to separate us from one another until it gets to a point we no longer have peace with that person(s) and others and hold contempt in their hearts. How often do we not confess them to the ones we offend? Storing up offenses like large stones on our backs weighing us down.
In Leviticus 5:15 “So it shall be when he becomes guilty in one of these, that he shall confess that which he has sinned.” I know it’s hard to do this, no one likes to be seen in a bad light. As for me I find it especially difficult to confess my sins to my friends or family having fear of being seen less in their eyes.
I would also like to add that when you hold on to your offenses you are not only hurting those around you; but yourself. You are separating yourself from Yahweh. Holding on to these offenses (sins) lead to more destructive of- fenses, like Lashon Hara (evil tongue-gossip) or hate towards your brothers and leaves little room for the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) to manifest in your life. The Ruach Ha Kodesh is a gift from Yahweh. ”I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper that He may be with you forever; so that we may operate according to His Torah. (Jn. 14:16)
Remember this; anytime a person commits an offense (sin) to another person or to self it effects their relationship with Yahweh and all sins are against Yahweh. Each of us needs to examine their conduct towards other people and Yahweh through the standards He has given us in Torah. Yahweh asks us to turn from our evil ways and return to His standards for righteousness (2 Kings 17:13). Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying...
“Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments; my statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through my servants the prophets”
I know it is uncomfortable and sometimes hard to do; but necessary. Our offenses (sins) need to be confessed openly to that person(s) and Yahweh fully so that we may be released of our iniquity. Confess with a truly repentant heart asking Yahweh’s forgiveness for committing them.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord. And He will have compassion on him. And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isa. 55:6-7).
Restore the relationship with person(s) and Yahweh. Let me tell you this from my personal experiences – it will do a person well not to hide anything from Yahweh, for He already knows about your sins. I believe a big part of repentance takes place when we fully understand our shortcomings and seek to ask forgiveness for what we have done.
It is said in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all un- righteousness.” So I leave you with this my friends; we are to live righteously before Yahweh and we must make full restoration with the injured person(s) and Yahweh to fully live in the glory and righteousness of Yahweh, and I also ask you to remember this verse...
“My Heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” (Matt. 18:35).
To all who read this restore your brother, forgive and be forgiven. Live in the love that Yahweh has shown you; go in peace and love one another for you are made in His image. Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.”
Shalom. David Lee
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