Repentance (Teshuvah) and obedience/turning go hand in hand. If we repent, it means we turn from our trespass (sin, wickedness, iniquity – lawlessness – breaking of Yahuah’s commands), and obey. If we just say we are sorry and do not turn in obedience, we have not repented, and should not be expecting His forgiveness or blessings. Teshuvah is most frequently associated with the High Holy Days—especially leading up to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement—but people of Yahuah should seek forgiveness for wrongs they have committed (wittingly or unwittingly) at any time. As we continue growing in our walk with our Father, praying to Him and studying His Word, He opens His Torah up to us and reveals things we previously never saw, by the working of His Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit of Holiness) in us. Over the past few years of seeking Him with all my heart, there are so many things He has revealed to me in His Word that I had never seen before, even though I had read them over and over again throughout my years of studying His Word.
Deuteronomy 5-29-33 “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” Go and tell them: ‘Return to your tents.’ But you stand here with Me, that I may speak to you all the commandments and statutes and ordinances you are to teach them to follow in the land that I am giving them to possess.” So be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right or to the left. You must walk in all the ways that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Although our salvation can never be earned by obedience to Yahuah’s commandments, statutes and ordinances, it is a clear evidence that we have in fact been saved by grace through faith in Yeshua, if we desire with all our hearts to obey and show our love and gratitude for all He has done for us. As Yeshua said: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We should all desire the blessings of obedience outlined in Deuteronomy 28: “Now if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God and are careful to follow all His commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the voice of the LORD your God:”