Written By: Kayla Marie
He had everything he could dream of, but even he was susceptible to temptation. The moment King David saw Bathsheba, he wanted her. He wasn’t going to let the fact that she was already married stop him.
It wasn’t long until Bathsheba found out she was pregnant.
David, not knowing what else to do, arranged for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband and also one of his trusted officers, to be killed in battle.
Though David tried to hide his sin, he wasn’t able to. God sent a Prophet named Nathan to convict David of his wrongdoing. David confessed his sin and truly understood the harm he had caused.
Psalm 51, David’s prayer of repentance, points out the beauty of pouring out one’s heart to God. “Completely wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me…God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:2-3;10)
King David, God’s chosen one, not only stole Uriah’s wife, but also killed him, in order that his mistake wouldn’t be found out. However, sin cannot stay hidden forever.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.”
To many, that verse is terrifying. Maybe you are one of those many.
Maybe you’ve done something so bad, you don’t see how anyone could forgive you. Maybe you’ve made a mistake so big, you feel that the only way to live is in secrecy and shame. Maybe, like David, you’ve tried to cover up your sin and live as though nothing happened.
Let me be the one to tell you that your mistakes don’t define you.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and joust to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us form all unrighteousness.”
Now, that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences. For some of you, the consequences may be small. For others, they will be much larger.
The fact is, sin comes at a price.
Our choices affect those around us. Being repentant is more than just saying ‘sorry’ and moving on. Though God is ready and willing to forgive you, you must be ready and willing to turn from your sin and accept the consequences.
In his book, The Christian Atheist, Craig Groeschel points out, “David didn’t try to pretend he was innocent-he was honest. But neither did he allow the guilt trap to rob him-or God-of the joy of a life redeemed and restored. He knew he couldn’t change the past, but he hoped he could change the future.” (53)
David had to pay a price for his sin, but he used that as a chance to change his life around. He was even called ‘a man after God’s own heart’ (Acts 13:22)
So, yes, even if you’ve made a big mistake, God still loves you. He’s right here waiting for you to find hope and freedom in Him.
Challenge: Bring your mistakes into the open. This is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s so worth it. First, talk to God about it. Ask Him to forgive you and overcome your sin. Second, Talk to someone like your parents or a godly woman in your life.
You’ll probably feel as though you won’t have the courage, but God never leaves us to find our own strength. Rely on Him and He will never fail you.
If you have any questions or need some encouragement, feel free to contact me!
Hey Girls! It’s such a blessing that we can encourage you in your walk with Christ, however, we are not licensed counselors and cannot offer professional advice. If you are seeking help and counsel, we strongly encourage you to talk to a trusted adult such as your parents, a godly woman, or a pastor. They can better guide you, as they are able to know the details of your situation.
*all scripture verses are taken from the CSB