If only those who truly seek YHVH would turn back to Him with weeping, with longing, with heartfelt prayer and a true desire to teshuvah. Teshuvah is a Hebrew word that is most often translated repent in english. It means so much more…
Most people see repentance as an emotional response. They feel sorry for what they have done and they promise not to do it again. That is NOT repentance! That is remorse.
Simple Definition of remorse
: a feeling of being sorry for doing something bad or wrong in the past : a feeling of guilt
Is that all that Abba wants from us, to feel sorry? Does that address the real cause of transgression? Does feeling sorry fix a problem that is spiritual in nature?
Teshuvah is an action word, to make teshuvah requires something from the person seeking to do it. Teshuvah means to return. Abba is calling us to return to Him. To teshuvah means to stop what you are doing, turn around and return to YHVH. Remorse is part of that process, but the real action required of us is change.
We CANNOT continue on in our old ways. When we are walking in our own way and transgressing YHVH’s Commands, we are separating ourselves from Him…it IS rebellion. We MUST stop what we are doing and return to Him. We MUST do whatever it takes to heal the relationship between Him and us. Feeling sorry for what we have done and then continuing to repeat the same sin is NOT making teshuvah. It is NOT healing the relationship between our Abba and ourselves.
Teshuvah is an ongoing process. Whenever and wherever we find things that are NOT in harmony with the Word of YHVH, we MUST change! Our Abba is merciful and He gives us the opportunity to turn from the way we are going and return to Him. We can ONLY do that His Way…we MUST conform to what He wants us to be.
Please do NOT think you can just feel sorry for what you have done and that alone fulfills your obligation. Return to Him while there is yet time. Understand what it means to change and turn back to Him, then seek Him and His Forgiveness.
12 “Yet even now,” declares יהוה, “turn to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.” 13 And tear your heart and not your garments, and turn back to יהוה your Elohim, for He shows favor and is compassionate, patient, and of great kindness, and He shall relent concerning the evil.
Always, seek the truth…rethink, relearn, return.