If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
My heart is heavy as I write this and think about all of the times I have grieved God by my words or deeds. I want to be a woman after God's heart, as David was a man after God's heart. Reading the story of David and Bathsheba makes me keenly aware again of how easy it is for anyone to fall away from God's commandments.
Sin cannot be covered up so that God will never find out about it. David learned that loud and clear as "the Lord sent Nathan unto David" (2 Samuel 12:1) to make sure that David knew that He knew. Busted was David! I wonder if David was relieved that the secret was out as he confessed to Nathan his transgression. Notice the conversation in 2 Samuel 12:13-14:
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.
Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
David knew he had sinned and knew that his sin broke God's heart. Unfortunately, David's sin came with some consequences. God forgave David of his sin by not putting him to death, as was the custom in that day for adultery. However, because David's sin had defamed God's name to the surrounding nations because of David's blown testimony, God had no choice but to allow suffering to befall His servant. David and Bathsheba's first child was destined to die, as well as David was destined to always have some sort of violence come upon his household. Notice God's words here:
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou has despised me, and has taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. (1 Sam 12:10)
We don't sin merely against others when we don't do what is right in God's eyes. Sin hurts God. It grieves God. I don't want to grieve God and bet you don't either.
There is good news though as I've pointed out in the verse at the top of this post. When we sincerely confess our sins to God, fellowship with Him is restored and He removes our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. He will not remember our sins. Isnt' that motivation to confess to God daily/hourly/minute-by-minute? God will bless us even after He chastises us, just as in the example of David and Bathsheba, if we return to Him with pure hearts. God rewarded David with another son, Solomon. I wonder what He will offer us?
To think about:
1) Do I have any unconfessed sin in my life?
2) Am I willing to memorize scripture to keep me from committing as many new sins in the future that I can?
3) What one thing is God asking you to put aside so that you can be a better disciple of His truth?