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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yom Kippur: The Day of Pardon

 Today is a very important day for the Jews, because today is day of the Yom Kippur or Day of Pardon, when the Jews in the all world, celebrate this special day.  This day also must be important for us, Christians, because we must to remember that we were forgiven by God, that purified us completely of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, permitting us that we be called Sons of God (John 1:12).
 Without the pardon of God, we will be sinners under the anger of God and never have access the salvation, therefore the alone salvation that we acquire across the pardon of God.  WITHOUT PARDON, THERE IS NOT SALVATION!
 But God also teaches us to forgive as well as he forgave us (Mathew 6:12 and Luke 11:4). If God forgives us, we also have the obligation to forgive (Mathew 18:21-35):
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
 It would be contradictory we apologize to the God without we be capable of forgive the near one. If God forgave you, you have the obligation of forgive too. See as we should forgive the near one (Luke 17:3-4): (Jesus Christ saying) So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
 If God always forgives us, we also should forgive always, not importing who! Not just today, but any day and hour, we always should reconcile with ours near, be for apologize or for forgive, see why (Mathew 5:21-26):
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
 If we are Christians, we must to walk like Jesus Christ walked (1 John 2:6). It was the pardon of God that saved us, with that, the pardon must be part of our lives!
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God blesses us in this important day and Happy Yom Kipur!

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