The Biblical pattern to forgive
If we want to ensure that we live within the blessings of YHVH, we need to ensure that our relationships with our brothers are in good shape. We cannot go before YHVH if we have a brother that has something against us. Does this imply we simply need to forgive all who transgress against us? If we follow the pattern that YHVH establishes when we sin, the restoration process cannot be one way. Forgiveness is required for our relationships to be restored, but in order for it to be a lasting restoration, it has follow the pattern YHVH established.
Teshuvah…Sin takes us away from YHVH, repentance brings us closer
We all sin, no matter how hard we try not to. We are human – we sin in our thoughts, in the words we speak and in the things we do. You don’t have to go far to see the result of sin. In other people’s lifes and even our own lifes. How do we define sin? Sin is not keeping YHVH’s commandments; sin is compromising in doing the commandments; sin is speaking evil of another; sin is thinking evil thoughts; sin is eating unclean foods; to give you but a few examples. Some of these things we do unintentionally, but it still is sin. Sin takes us away from YHVH. It seperates us from His presence, it prevents us from hearing His voice. That is what I experience when I sin or compromise, but there is restoration through teshuvah (repentance) and forgiveness through the atoning work of Messiah Y’shua.