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Repentance that leads to life.

Posted by appolus on August 25, 2015

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. (2Sa 12:13)

This is a quote from a well know passage of Scripture. Prior to this confrontation with David and Nathan, David had slept with another man’s wife gotten her pregnant and killed her husband. It is reckoned that the whole sordid episode took place over a period of about a year. When David was confronted with his sin by the prophet of God he repents. Now we know that David was a man after God’s own heart. He is perhaps, outside of Jesus Himself, one of the most notable and heroic people in the Bible. So we can learn a lot from how God deals with David.

We can see clearly that the Lord has put away his sin because of his confession and in that we should draw much comfort. In 1 John 1:9 we see that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God, this is His promise to the saints. Yet what of the consequences in the natural? And as we consider this I believe it brings to bear the motivations of the heart. For there will still remain the natural consequences of the sin that was committed. Sin is like a stone thrown into the pond, it ripples out and its concentric circles affects every part.

Now what did David suffer despite his genuine repentance? Well we see in the preceding verses that the sword would not depart from his house and this proved to be true. And this was specifically “because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.” David did not just commit adultery and murder, he then benefited from the results of these acts by marrying Bathsheba. Now the Lord said to David that He would raise up evil against him from his own household and of course we know that this comes to pass with the rebellion and death of his own son. We also know that the child that Bathsheba gave birth to also dies. These are the natural consequences of the sin of David despite the fact he had found forgiveness from the Lord.  And if we are honest we can see in our own lives and the lives of our own families the natural consequences of our sin.

Now if there are natural consequences for our sin and there are, whether we are forgiven or not, how can we tell who walks in genuine forgiveness? We can tell by the life that they lead. The man or woman who finds forgiveness of sin will have a resurgence of joy, not because he has avoided the consequences of his sin for many times he will not but because he has re-established his intimate relationship with his lord which sin had interrupted. The joy and the love and the peace that we now see in him is much more powerful because it is in no way is dependent upon his circumstances, for often they are dire,but depends wholly upon the fact that he is reunited in an intimate way with his Lord.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2Co 7:10) If Godly sorrow leads to life in Christ then the sorrow of the world, the selfish self-serving sorrow of the world leads to death. When a man or woman has life in the Spirit, when they have an intimate relationship with God then they are able to walk through the fires and the tribulations of life and it leads them into a deeper walk with God. There is life after sin for the man or woman who truly repents. This is a great promise and should be very encouraging to every saint.  The scourging of the Lord upon His children, or the natural consequences of their sin will lead the saint to life if he bears it well. They will find life in their intimate relationship with Jesus despite the circumstances of their lives.

The man or woman who repents merely because they get caught and their repentance is designed to merely mitigate the effects of their sin and avoidance of  its consequences will find themselves continuing to fall into a dark abyss . They are overtaken by anger and bitterness which begins to wrap itself around them like weeds and thorns. If it goes unchecked then they will become completely entwined and entangled by self-pity and anger and bitterness and it will slowly snuff out all life. Lets consider the benefits that David saw in his life despite the natural consequences of his actions, benefits that flowed from a truly repentant heart. We see it most clearly in psalm 51 which is the psalm he wrote in regard to this whole year where he fell into much darkness.

He starts out by asking for mercy and finds it. Perhaps you have to ask for mercy? He then asks God to wash Him clean as he acknowledges that he has sinned against God and God does. There may be many victims of a sin  but ultimately the sin of the saint is sin against a holy God. David acknowledges that God requires truth in the ” inner parts.” We cannot lie to ourselves and then pass that lie onto God. God sees it all and it matters little how much other men can see. One may be able to maintain their dignity in the sight of men but lose their intimacy with the living God. David asks God to look into his innermost being and cleanse him and by doing so to create a right spirit within him. He asks God to bring him close to him for he had found himself far from the one He knew and loved. He cries out to God to restore unto him the joy of his salvation.

And so we see that a genuine brokenness and a contrite heart is what God loves. He can easily forgive us of our sins but what can He do for the man or woman who refuses to come to Him? Restoration and joy and peace and communion with God are the benefits of true repentance and they of course outweigh any natural consequences of our sin. We will face the consequences of our sin of that there is no doubt but we can face them with or without God. These consequences can teach us and help to mold us and shape us or they can destroy us, the key is walking with God. If you walk through a fire without God you will be burned, if you walk through a fire with God you will be refined.

Now can I say that if you have never had any encounter at all with the Living God then these words cannot have an impact on you. How can we long for restoration like we hear of in the hearts cry of David in Psalm 51 if we have never encountered the living God in the first place in the depths of our heart and not the head? What would be the impetus to turn from our sins? It is our relationship with God Himself that must be the catalyst for genuine repentance in the saint. Knowing Christ Himself is the end of all things. It is our salvation from sin in the first place and it is our ongoing source of life itself. We can do nothing outside of our relationship with Jesus. He is truly the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega of who we are. This is why all the glory belongs to Him alone.

 

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