I was sharing with my friend that I had been talking to a woman last week, who questioned how in the world could King David be considered such a man of God? “After all,” she said, “he had an affair with Bathsheba, and after learning she was pregnant he had her husband killed.” Yes, King David sinned, had a moral failure, but after being confronted by the prophet Nathan, repented and begged God not to remove his Holy Spirit from him.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
The entire chapter of Psalms 51 is a prayer of repentance. King David was confident that God could, and would forgive him. He also knew the feeling of awesomeness of being in the very presence of God, and he knew of the power of the Holy Spirit, because he had experienced it firsthand.
God did forgive him. If God would forgive him, then why wouldn’t the woman I was talking to forgive him? Mankind is the one who rates sin. Has the woman never sinned herself? True forgiveness forgives and then moves on. Even God separates our sins as far as the East is from the West. (Ps. 103:12) Another important issue is this; if the woman hasn’t truly forgiven King David, can God forgive her of her sins?
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Mat. 6:14-15 (NKJV)
This makes me wonder, who else has she not forgiven? Perhaps even her own family members? If that is the case then how sad for her. Those not forgiven by her will go on with their lives regardless, so the result only hurts her. At the end of my sharing with my friend he said to me, “Aren’t you glad she ain’t God?”
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