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:
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Romans 6:1 Click To Tweet
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).
God’s mercy and grace are very potent and will always avail for us when we call on Him. Click To Tweet
Have you experienced God’s mercy and grace?
Do you have an experience to share?
Copyright© Ugochi Oritsejolomisan 2015
Sharing With: Wedded Wednesday
Teejah JamesPosted at 06:07h, 12 June
Please, How do i get to know that God’s Grace has been restored to my life again after Body Sin, And i need guide on how i would over come any more attempt of Any sin Especially Fornication…
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 12:16h, 19 August
Dear Teejah, I am very sorry. Please do forgive me for responding at this time.
Once you confess your sin and repent of it, God forgives you and He does not hold a grudge against you. John 1:9 As for overcoming, if you follow the guidelines on the article I wrote on How you can avoid fornication you will gain victory over fornication.
AlexPosted at 14:03h, 02 August
So do I have to go to a leader in the church or I need to confess to God in the name of Jesus and believe.
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:01h, 03 August
You do not have to confess to man. But you have to genuinely repent (Which means never going back), confess to God and believe He has forgiven you. He says He will forgive if we repent and ask for forgiveness. And then, never let the enemy deceive you into thinking you have not been forgiven.
God bless you bro!
Gilbert MPosted at 16:00h, 11 June
Hae, thanks a lot Ms. Ugochi. Remember to talk about righteousness the youths ought to uphold and how to have a right intimacy with God.
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 13:47h, 12 June
Noted! Will write on it as God enables me.
Have a super blessed day!
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Brandi ClevingerPosted at 20:26h, 03 June
Great example of seeing both sides of the sin. We often times linger on the wrong instead of what we did to correct it.
I found your post at Wedded Wednesday.
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 11:20h, 04 June
Yes indeed. Many thanks for coming by Brandi.
Have a super blessed day!
Andrew Budek-SchmeisserPosted at 18:33h, 03 June
Conventional wisdom says that we have to put an adulterous spouse on probation, so to speak…not extending trust until it’s earned.
But the problem is that trust is intertwined with grace, and withholding grace is the denial of something we were given freely…like the parable of the king who forgave the debt of his servant, he HAVE to forgive others.
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 11:19h, 04 June
Thanks for this perspective Andrew, so true. Where there is no grace, there is no trust.
BrianPosted at 15:15h, 19 March
I am certain you can forgive someone instantly with grace but trust is earned while mercy is taking its place.
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 18:30h, 21 March
I agree with you Brian that trust is earned, but sometimes you can trust someone when you build on your love for that person. When you forgive, you can find love to enable trust again.
Thanks for coming by, do have a super blessed day!
BethPosted at 17:46h, 03 June
King David is a great example to follow when admitting any moral failure, Ugochi. I’m grateful that you explained the grace and forgiveness side of this scenario. I’ve seen the confession and repentance of the sin of adultery bring healing and restoration to a marriage and, even greater, God has used it to strengthen the couple’s bond. It’s a rare blessing to see, but it happens. That’s the power of God in those yielded marriages. Nothing is impossible when we turn to Him to resurrect what was dead! Wise words, my friend!
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 11:16h, 04 June
I bet this would encourage someone today, knowing that there are couples who have been through this, survived and thrived in their marriage. Nothing indeed is impossible when we turn it over to God. Many thanks for encouraging us here Beth.
Havs a super blessed day!
raviPosted at 05:09h, 07 November
We will be forgiven for our sins if we repent and not to repeat?Please advise.Thank You
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:08h, 03 August
Hi Ravi! I am so sorry I didn’t get to this earlier. Please pardon and forgive me. I cannot imagine not seeing this all these months…
God says He will forgive when we ask Him to. 1 John 1:9 God does forgive as He has promised when we repent genuinely (this means repenting and forsaking the sin), never let the enemy make you believe otherwise.
Cheryl SmithPosted at 04:46h, 03 June
I think this is why David was known as a “man after God’s own heart”. It wasn’t because he failed God so miserably, but it is what he did afterwards. When he was confronted, he was quick to humble himself and admit his wrong and acknowledge his need of God and His help. God wants us to be tender-hearted and easily intreated by His precious Spirit. He wants us to humble ourselves when we know we are wrong. This was a wonderful post, sweet friend. God bless you. 🙂
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:05h, 03 June
David’s life of humility and quick repentance is really worthy of emulation.
Many thanks for coming by Cheryl, do have a super blessed day!
Mary GeisenPosted at 00:09h, 03 June
Beautiful lessons today! We always need to think about our choices and God does not call us to deliberately choose sin. I am learning so much about David through the outline of this post and your words about grace and mercy. Thank you!
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:04h, 03 June
If we think well, really, we will not fall into sin. Thanks Mary.
Have a super blessed day!
Lisa VaughnPosted at 01:33h, 02 June
Great post. As Christians, we must STRIVE to live a life free of sin. We can’t use Gods grace as an excuse for sin. I’ve heard some say all sin is the same, so why not sin…we all sin. That is only a trap of satan. My husband calls it the difference between slip up sin and pre meditated sin. However, as you said God always forgives a repentant heart!
btw…Thank You for stopping by my blog today! As a newbie, I crashed my site and lost your comment with the restore, but I did read it first and do appreciate it. 🙂
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:02h, 03 June
We must strive Lisa, it is a matter of life and death. And God is with us to help us each step of the way.
Many thanks Lisa, have a super blessed day!