Consequences of Sin

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 12-13

The Lord sends His prophet Nathan to David and Nathan tells him a story which fills David with righteous indignation. Then Nathan whirls around and, pointing his finger in David’s face, says, “You are the man” (12:7). David can see a lesser sin in the life of another, but is blind to his own sin. As Jesus said, “Take the beam out of your own eye before you take the speck out of the eye of another.” We are prone to be critical of others while we excuse ourselves.

But now, confronted with the truth, David repents in sincerity and God forgives him completely. How good to know that whatever our sin, it is completely washed away in the blood of Christ if we repent and accept God’s forgiveness. But forgiveness does not mean that there will be no consequences resulting from our sins. There will be.

In David’s case, the prophet tells him the consequences will be trouble in his household. Amnon is infatuated with his half-sister Tamar, so he lures her into bed with him. Having done so he loathes her. Absalom, her full brother, plans revenge. He has Amnon murdered, and as a result, flees into exile.

Sexual sins are devastating to family life. What the world calls an affair, God calls adultery. Sin still produces tragic results.

PRAYERFather, help us to teach purity of life by word but especially by example. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.