01 Jun Adultery, Mercy, And Grace.
I shared last week on Sin From The Roof Top, the story of King David and Bathsheba. In reading through and responding to comments I was inspired by one of my readers and fellow bloggers Mary, to share on how the grace of God availed for him even in his adultery.
The mercy and grace of God are so powerful and amazing. God’s mercy and grace working in the life of any believer will always put him/her over every situation. They work together as one, like two sides of a coin.
Mercy is God withholding judgment or evil that we deserve; while grace is God giving us a blessing or doing something for us that we do not deserve.
The Misunderstanding And Misconception.
Unfortunately, most people misunderstand and many times tend to take these two for granted. On one hand some think they have done too bad for God’s mercy grace. But the Bible promises that:
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: Romans 5: 20
While some take God’s mercy and grace for granted. But then Apostle Paul asks a rhetorical question in the very next verse of scripture:
Again Apostle Paul tells us…
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8
We must endeavour to abide in God’s grace at all times, by ensuring that we reach out for His mercy and grace when we sin and also to refuse deliberate and conscious sin because we think His mercy is at our beck and calling.
Now back to Kind David and His sin of adultery as shared in 2 Samuel 11 and 12
After He had committed adultery, killed his Bathsheba’s husband and taken her for his wife, God sent prophet Nathan to him. After nailing David to his sin through a simple story, he declared God’s judgement upon the king:
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 2 Samuel 12:9-12
David’s response to God in verse 13a is so worthy of emulation.
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.
He acknowledged his sin with a repentant heart and God saw his heart…
And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 2 Samuel 12:13a-14
Now, sure, David had to face the consequences of his sin, he lost the child, was rebelled against by his own son, betrayed by his right hand man but he was FORGIVEN, allowed to LIVE, given the opportunity to make his ways right with God, and another beloved son was born to him (RESTORATION).
It is a problem when we make a habit of sin and when we deliberately fall into sin ignoring God, His love and His laws.
But if like David the king, we learn to always acknowledge it when we slip up, repent and confess our sins, and ask God for mercy and grace, then we will be pardoned, blessed and restored.
Adultery is not the only sin there is, all other sins; lying, stealing, hatred, bitterness and the rest were dealt with on the cross.
The moment we realise we have sinned and genuinely repent and ask for pardon God grants it to us.
We must like King David be humble before God and acknowledge our sin and cry out for mercy and grace.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51:1-3
The sin of adultery is very grave because of the pain it inflict and the hurt it brings upon the marriages and children. But it is not a sin too grave for God to forgive. So incase you or someone you know is guilty, pardon and restoration is available because of mercy and grace. Just admit, confess and repent (feel such sorrow the sin/fault as to be disposed to not doing it again and change your life for the better).
Have you experienced God’s mercy and grace?
Do you have an experience to share?
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