The question was posed: “Do we have to ask to be forgiven?”
This is a great question! I am not sure if it’s required we ask, but I do know it is required that we repent.
Let’s take a look at some of Scripture.
2Ch 7:14 – …then, if my people, who bear my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.
2Ch 30:9 – For if you turn back to ADONAI, your kinsmen and children will find that those who took them captive will have compassion on them, and they will come back to this land. ADONAI your God is compassionate and merciful; he will not turn his face away from you if you return to him.”
What does turning to God mean? I think the previous verse explains that it is turning FROM wicked ways TO God’s ways (aka back to His laws) because what is sin?
1Jo 3:4 -Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah – indeed, sin is violation of Torah.
So when we sin, we turn away from God’s ways. When we repent, we turn back to them and DO them wholeheartedly…
Eze 18:30 -Therefore, house of Isra’el, I will judge each of you according to his ways,” says Adonai ELOHIM. “Repent, and turn yourselves away from all your transgressions, so that they will not be a stumblingblock that brings guilt upon you.
Eze 33:11 -Say to them, ‘As I live,’ swears Adonai ELOHIM, ‘I take no pleasure in having the wicked person die, but in having the wicked person turn from his way and live. So repent! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, house of Isra’el?’
Acts 3:19 – “Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased.
Repentance is not “asking for forgiveness”… i think we’d call that appologizing and/or confessing…
to return, turn back
- to turn back, return
- to turn back
- to return, come or go back
- to return unto, go back, come back
- to turn back (to God), repent
- turn back (from evil)
What do you think? During these Days of Awe, what does repentance mean to you and your relationship to the Holy of Holies? The Highest? The Awesome Father? something to contemplate as we near the holy day of Yom Kippur.