Forgiveness, what does it really mean, what does it really look like? Come along with me as I look in to God’s word and look at forgiveness.
In our world we have been told what to do, what to look like, what makes us important. As we go through life, each of us struggle with all of these things and maybe more. We are constantly and sometimes frantically searching for the next great thing. There’s always the next thing that’s going to make us feel better, or make us feel important. There are things that we see and hear about everyday…there is just no way for us to escape it. It’s all around us…we are told that if you buy this product you’ll be beautiful, or if you send “me a certain amount of money than I can guarantee your happiness.” This is a real problem that we face because we don’t truly know who we are. The hard part about all of this is very difficult to understand, because we have been hammered by it for so long that it has just become our new normal. Read more
Failure is not a word we like to talk about in our world today, but it is such an important topic to look at. If you avoid talking about failure, how do we ever expect to learn anything? Another thing that goes right alongside failure, is responsibility. Both of these topics may not be something we want to look at, but they are so very important. Failure is something that happens in everyone’s life. We all fail at things in life, even in our relationship with Jesus Christ. This is something that David knew about all too well. David was a man after God’s own heart, that doesn’t mean that he was perfect, far from it. David had his fair share of mistakes and failures, but it’s how David dealt withhis failures that’s important.
You see David was the greatest King that Israel had ever seen. David was such a great man of faith, he trusted God in all things and he did some great things under God’s anointing. Before David came into the picture, Israel was in a bad way. Before David arrived there was a prophet name Samuel and he had been leading Israel back to God. Samuel had been doing this for a while and when he got up in years, Israel demanded a King. So God gave them a King. The first King of Israel was named was Saul. Saul started out good and followed God, but as time went on, Saul became excedingly proud. He started to take things into his own hands and stopped trusting God. So God removed him as king and made David King. David, as I said before, was a man after God’s own heart. That means that he sought God in all things and trusted Him totally. Things went well. God blessed David for a long time, then David began to slip. David had failures in his life lots of times. Especially when he was King. There came a time for war. You see, back then the King was to go with the soldiers and be at the battlefield. David always did this except one time when he decided to not to go. One night, while the soldiers were gone, David allowed his eyes to be turned onto a beautiful woman. He was walking around on the roof of his house. Back then, it was common practice to walk outside on the top of your home at night because of the heat. So this is what he was doing, and he looked across and saw a beautiful woman bathing. He had her brought to him, and he slept with her and she became pregnant. The problem with this is, she was another man’s wife. Well David now had a problem, because the woman was pregnant. So not only did he fail, he tried to cover it up by sending her husband to the front lines of war. Because of this, her husband was killed. David thought he was in the clear now, right? You can’t hide things from God. David was doing so good with trusting and seeking God, but he let his thoughts and desires dictate his actions. He failed and he failed hard, but even though he failed, look how he responds when he gets caught…
2 Samuel 12:1-13 (NIV2011) 1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 11 “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’ ” 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
David messed up, but he also took responsibility when he was confronted with it, and he repented for what he did. You see that’s the thing…God already knows we’re going to mess up…it’s how we deal with it when we do. God wants us to choose to follow Him. However, He knows we’re going to sin, but the difference is what are you going to do when you sin? Are you going to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness? Or are you going to try and lie and cover it up? And as I said before, you can’t hide anything from God. There is no sin unforgivable, but in order to be forgiven, you have to turn away from the sin and that’s what repent means. We’re all going to make mistakes, but when we do, we have a responsibility to repent from that failure and seek God’s forgiveness. We are all sinners. No one sinner is worse than another. We all get forgiveness for our failures the same way. We are all saved by God’s loving Grace through Jesus Christ in the sacrifice He gave for us. He’s waiting for you. Don’t try to hide your failures from God. Repent and turn away from your sins and accept the gift He gave us all in Jesus Christ and you will be saved. He’s waiting for you.
Will you accept the responsibility?
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