FORGIVEN PART 2
In the second part of our “Forgiven” series, we delve deeper into the life of King David, a man known for his faith but also for his moments of disobedience. Hebrews 11, which celebrates the heroes of faith, includes David’s name. Yet, we see how David’s actions in 2 Samuel 11 led him astray from the path he was meant to follow.
David’s attempt to cover his sins displeased God, highlighting the importance of living out our Christianity according to the New Testament, which emphasizes grace and forgiveness over condemnation.
In 2 Samuel 12:1-13, we see that it’s not the sin itself but disobedience that disqualifies us. When we judge others, we set a standard by which we, too, will be measured. We often disqualify ourselves with our judgments over others, and the devil can use our own confessions against us.
We must recognize that we are not as holy as we might think, and our actions reveal what we truly think of God. Our sins may affect others, but ultimately, they are against God. As the Bible instructs, “Whatever you do, do it unto the Lord.”
God’s grace and forgiveness are available to all who confess their guilt and sins. We must never disqualify someone else from receiving the same grace we have received.
In Romans 4 and Psalm 32, we find assurance that forgiveness is possible for those who seek it with a repentant heart. David, who wrote Psalm 51 from a place of being forgiven, understood the cleansing power of confession.
Ultimately, God is concerned with our hearts and what we think. Our journey toward forgiveness and reconciliation with God begins with acknowledging our need for His grace and understanding that we all need forgiveness, just as David did.