This Ha Yom Kippurim, as I reflect and seek Yah’s face, I am reminded of something that I learned many years ago. It was an ” ah ha” moment; a real truth was seeded in my heart and mind that I will never forget and I aspire to embody. It was about the very weighty matter of forgiveness. It was the moment that I realized forgiveness is IN FACT – A SALVATION ISSUE. It is by the words of our Savior, a requirement for Salvation!
For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against another, forgive it, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses as well.”
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
You see, forgiveness if a Kingdom principal that does not merely seem to be a “good idea”. It appears to be a Kingdom principal (law) that is REQUIRED of Yah’s Children. Its not optional. So family, we need to be very good and proficient at this. We must search ourselves honestly and see if unforgiveness resides in us and if it does, we need to repent (turn around) and choose to forgive. Then walk in that forgiveness!! It is a choice that is fully within our ability, authority and power to do.