Forgiveness, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Confess, Repent

God’s Word still applies to our lives even today. His Word reveals who we are and what we are not. There is nothing left out of God’s Word. We see the good, bad and the ugly.

Hebrews 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

King David came from a shepherd boy to killing Goliath to fleeing from King Saul to the throne of Israel. During these times, David showed himself to be a man after God’s own heart.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

We are directed to be on our guard against spiritual dangers. One of the most alluring spiritual dangers is sexual sins.

In 2 Samuel 11:1-27 – we read the account of David’s fall deeper and deeper into sin. He had abandoned his purpose by staying home from war, and his focus was on his own desires.

Sin has the alluring way to pull us deeper and deeper into the snare. It takes us where we do not want go and keeps us there longer than we want to stay.

As David looked from the roof of the palace, he saw a beautiful woman bathing, and he was filled with lust. Instead of removing himself from the temptation, he inquired about the woman, Bathsheba.

David allowed the sin to take root in him at that point and he deliberately continued down the path of destruction. He tried to cover up his sin by deceiving others. He involved others in his sin, and in the end he committed murder to continue to cover up his sin.

Proverbs 28:13 a – He who conceals his sins does not prosper.

It is human nature to hide our sins or overlook our mistakes. However, it is difficult to learn from a sin or mistake if we do not acknowledge making them. To learn from our sins we must admit we have sinned, confess the sin, analyze the sin, and choose to turn from the sin. Our human nature is to sin but if our hearts desire is to love and obey God and keep our thoughts and eyes focused on Him then sin will not take a hold in our lives.

However, God was not blind to what David was doing. Proverbs 20:27 – The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.  In 2 Samuel 12:1-25, God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David face to face about his sins.

Proverbs 28:13 b– Whoever confesses and renounces them, his sins, finds mercy.

David wrote Psalm 51, giving valuable insight into his character. He confessed and repented of his sin, but there still were irreversible consequences for his sins.

To flee temptation, ask God in earnest prayer to help you stay away from people, places and situations that may tempt you.

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

True confession involves a commitment not to continue in sin. We agree with God that our sin truly is sin and that we are willing to turn from it.

The advice King David gave his son Solomon is advice we can all live our lives by.

1 Chronicles 28:9And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.