Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.” – 2 Samuel 12:13
After King David sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, he was confronted by God’s prophet, Nathan. Having acknowledged his fault, David then repented before God. As punishment for his horrific sin, he thought he would surely die, but God forgave him and let him live. Of course, God’s forgiveness did not alleviate all of the consequences.
For example, the shame of David’s error no doubt remained with him for a time. I imagine that the king also lost the respect of his friends, family, and subjects. We know that he and Bathsheba also lost their son. Fact is, sin always bears consequences, even when we repent and know God’s forgiveness. Why do we so easily forget this truth?
May our security in Christ never lead us to presume upon the wonderful grace He has secured.
A man may be entitled to his opinions, but he is also entitled to his consequences! – Author Unknown
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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