Word for the day by Christian Forum
HEALING THROUGH FORGIVENESS OF SINS2 Samuel 12: 1-13
Verse: 13: And David said unto Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord, and Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin, thou shalt not die”.
This Scripture portion reminds us of how even the great King like David, got into a struggle with sin. God used Prophet Nathan to change the direction of David's life. Prophet rebuked David's actions through a parable, without arousing anger to endanger the prophet's life. Jehovah sent Nathan to let David know that He did not approve of what David had done, and reminded him that he may face serious consequences.
Nathan took courage and confronted David with a parable, through which he indirectly pointed to David's worst of an action. The story evoked a sense of justice and made David very upset. He realized that God was displeased of his sin, and felt remorse for not being responsive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit or to his conscience. It is interesting to note that God was mercifully persistent in speaking to David even when he was unrepentant.
Many who live in either open or hidden sin seem to believe that it has no effect on their relationship with God. When we despise God's commandment, we are renouncing the fellowship with him. David was revealed as a man after God's own heart. He took full responsibility for his sin and pleaded to God for forgiveness. He eloquently expressed his repentance in psalm 51. God forgave him of his sin but made him suffer consequences. It made clear that sins are forgiven but a price must be paid. After a chastisement, God healed them and blessed Him and Bethsheba with a second child: Solomon.
Lord, we cannot hide any of our sinful actions from you. In your great mercy, forgive our sins. Help us to be responsive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and take responsibility for our sins.
Help us to keep the right relationship with you always. Amen.
Thought for the Day
Personal salvation requires a personal conviction of sin.
Dr.John K.Thomas Tabor MTC