We are now experiencing the “10 days (Days of Awe)” between Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). This is a time for restoration, searching your heart and confessing and repenting; a time for recognizing our sins so we can ask for forgiveness and finally put an end to those things we know aren’t pleasing to YHWH.
These things are strictly between you and God, so concentrate on recognizing, confessing and repenting. Don’t attempt to justify or explain away what you know you’re doing wrong. There is no justification for purposeful, deliberate sinning! Contrary to what many believe, you aren’t sin-free just because you’re a Believer, and that’s what the “Days of Awe” are all about – to give you a chance to shed the “stuff” and become the person our Creator wants you to be!
So, be humble and ask His forgiveness and, if possible, reach out to those you’ve hurt (or who have hurt you) over the last year and ask their forgiveness as well. Restoration is key as we head toward Yom Kippur.
By the way, Yom Kippur begins at sunset Sept. 29 and ends at sunset Sept. 30. For a brief overview, please read my short blog post on this.