Devotional: ‘Allow God to Forgive You’

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1 Kings 15:4 But for David’s sake, the Lord his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp, and he gave Abijam a son to rule after him in Jerusalem. 5 For David had done what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and had obeyed the Lord’s commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite.

Most of us know the story of David and his sin with Bathsheba. Scripture says that at a time when kings went to war, David stayed at home. One night, as he strolled along the rooftop terrace of his palace, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Though the woman was another man’s wife, David still requested that she be brought to him.

Sin always has its consequences and as we might guess, David’s sin bore many. A home was destroyed, a brave solider was needlessly killed, David lost his testimony, and an innocent child died. But perhaps the result that lasted the longest was David’s inability to forgive himself. Even after his repentance and confession of sin, David was never the same. Though God forgave him, David seemed to live the rest of his life in shame. This is seen most clearly in his actions as a father. Several of David’s sons became rebels and scripture says little about David’s effort to restrain them. Perhaps every time he was about to discipline one of his sons, the memory of his own terrible sin came back to haunt him and as a result, he failed to fulfill his role as a parent.

But it didn’t have to be that way. God had forgiven David. That doesn’t mean that God pretended that David had never sinned. Even in His forgiveness, God chastened David. But God’s discipline is never meant for destruction, it is always meant for development. God wanted David to see the error of his way and to do better.

Is there something in your past that is still controlling you today? Have you dealt with it in a way that enables you to keep living? Have you confessed it to God and asked for His forgiveness? Have you sought forgiveness and reconciliation with those whom you may have hurt? Have you learned from your past and made necessary changes to help you live differently in the future? Have you forgiven yourself?

The Bible says –

1 John 1:8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Satan may have had a great victory when he caused you to sin, but don’t let him continue to have the victory by controlling you with guilt. Do as scripture says – confess your sin and receive God’s forgiveness.

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