ayHave I told HIM lately that I'm sorry? OK, I'm sorry, but I keep thinking of songs with this vital concept in it. We know that we often find ourselves like the people in a Chicago song. We realize that we need to apologize. This is a key part of communication in a relationship.
How often do you admit this? Maybe you are not as wrong as often as I have been, but chances are, you have had to pause and hit this one out of the park before you can move on in your friendship, or your family life.
Why don't we see this ingredient as important when it comes to our relationship with the Almighty YHWH, our Father?
There are teachers out there who preach a "gospel" of grace that is characterized by asking Yeshua into one's heart, asking forgiveness of sins, then never seeking forgiveness again. For some reason, they think that asking forgiveness would mean that you were admitting a lack of covenant or salvation in Jesus. Many believers are hyper protective of the once saved - always saved model.
However, in a marriage (which is what we are in, as the bride of Messiah) you would (or should) never suggest that past wedding day, you should never have to say, "sorry" or repent from the direction that you are going. I simply want to point out three reasons that we should consider saying sorry to our Father in heaven.
- We see it modeled over and over in the Bible. Not once is someone rebuked for their repenting.
- We need to confess our sins for our own benefit as well as the good of the relationship. "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." - James 5:16 Why would the very prayer taught by our Messiah include, "forgive us our sins?" One would have to think that this itself was the salvation prayer, (never to be repeated again) if we were not intended to seek correction and forgiveness on a regular basis.
- We are told that forever, there should be a day to pray for atonement for the sins of Israel (us). Lev. 16:29, 34. Why would He command this if He did not intend us to ask for forgiveness?
Would you take a moment in prayer and ask the Ruach of Elohim (Spirit of God) to reveal to you your sins, that you may repent and move forth in victory. Why should we want something less than what He longs for us? His way is best.
Have you ever realized that you were wrong? Is it truly hard for you to say you're sorry? What do you think of having a day for repentance for your nation? We would love it if you would share your insight below.
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