Mark 4:21-41; 2 Samuel 11-12; Daniel 6
We’ve all heard the story of David and Bathsheba. It’s sickening and disgusting. David gets the wife of one of his “mighty warriors” (listed in 1 Chronicles 11) pregnant and he knows that there are going to be problems. So he calls Uriah back from the battlefield, ostensibly to get a report but in reality to get Uriah to go to bed with his wife. Uriah refuses to take advantage of this opportunity because of his honor. “And Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.’” (2 Samuel 11:11) David sends Uriah back to Joab with a sealed message that contained his death warrant. Joab must wondered what great sin Uriah had committed, but perhaps respected that David was allowing him to die with honor on the battlefield rather than suffering the disgrace of a public execution. Little did he know at the time that he was participating in the cover-up of David’s sin. David betrayed a great trust with a man who was honorable. Still, there was forgiveness from God for his adultery, betrayal and murder because David admitted his sin when he was confronted. A price was paid – his son died. David’s kingdom suffered in the future as well. There are natural consequences to our actions even when we are forgiven. That being said, if David can be forgiven these sins, are there any sins that God won’t forgive? If God can forgive these sins shouldn’t we who are forgiven ourselves be able to forgive? So often, we are quick to judge and slow to forgive when we should be slow to judge and quick to forgive. May God grant us the grace to see others like He does and forgive others like He does also.
O Lord, if you forgave David of these terrible sins You can forgive me. And if You can forgive me, You can forgive others as well. Give me the grace to see others through Your eyes and forgive them as You would.