Kelsey is a cute, energetic 10-years-old girl who is part of my wife’s Sunday School class. As they were discussing King David’s sin and repentance they penciled the word God inside a big circle along with a variety of different sins.
They erased the sins to represent God’s forgiveness when we repent and some of the pencil marks remained. That’s when Kelsey made her observation.
The left over marks are the scars of our mistakes. Even though God forgives us there are still consequences that we have to live with and relationships that have to be rebuilt. (My paraphrase)
It was a simple observation wise beyond her years.
David went from shepherd boy to king because he was a man after God’s own heart. The core of his being was in rhythm with the heart of God and all that mattered to God.
Under David’s leadership Israel accomplished many victories on the battlefield and experienced a time of great peace and prosperity. But even good men fall hard. And David was no exception.
David committed adultery, treachery in trying to cover it up and eventually outright murder. How is it that a man who did all these things is still known as a man after God’s own heart?
While David wasn’t perfect, his repentance was genuine.
When King Saul was confronted about his disobedience towards God he made excuses. But David took full ownership of his sins and was sincerely sorry for what he had done.
Sin is almost a taboo subject today even among Christians and churches. We generally dismiss it or down play it or reshape it… in short, we justify.
God hates sin because it not only hurts people but it interferes with our relationships - both with Him and with others. When we walk according to His boundaries we open ourselves to experience life and relationships in a fresh, new way. (See 1 John 1:5-10)
God’s grace is always bigger than our biggest sins. That’s no excuse to knowingly sin, but it means that no matter how many times we stumble we can get back up and once again walk with God. We can be refreshed.
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” ~ Acts 3:19-20
When we genuinely repent and return to putting God first, as David did, we can be people after God’s own heart.
If you’re following along in The Story read chapter(s) 13 for this week. If you’re unfamiliar with The Story you can check it out on the page tab above.
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