When I got to my final high school year, I spent all my time evangelizing and praying. I studied very little, because I was convinced that given that I was doing God’s work, the Holy Spirit was able to slip me the answers on the exam day. But things turned out differently and I failed my final year. I wondered: “I had privileged God’s work. So, how could this happen?” But instead getting discouraged, I praised the Lord and above all, drew lessons from it. The following year, I could have refused to continue God’s work, but I was not disheartened. I conciliated studies and evangelism with more wisdom and finally graduated.
The Bible tells us in 2 Samuel 11 and 12: 1-21 the story of David who committed adultery with the wife of Uriah. He then had him killed on the battlefield to cover up the scandal of the pregnancy resulting from this guilty relationship. This greatly displeased the Lord who, through the mouth of the Prophet Nathan, reproached David and struck the child with illness shortly after his birth. David sincerely repented for sinning against his God (Psalms 51). Lying on the ground, he prayed to God for the child and fasted for 7 days, but the child eventually died. David, knowing that he could not bring the child back, got up, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes. “And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.” (2 Samuel 12:20).
Instead of moping around or rejecting Bathsheba, whom he might have considered, rightly or wrongly, as the cause of his misfortunes, David once again united with the person the Bible now calls “his wife” (2 Samuel 12: 24) and no longer the wife of Uriah (1 Samuel 12: 9-10). Solomon their son, born of this new union, was loved by the Lord.
Yes, David accepted to go forward despite his mistakes. Have you ever made the mistake of making a wrong choice? Taking bad decisions with sometimes heavy consequences? If so, does that make it ok to feel guilty indefinitely?
“He who covers his sins will not prosper (meaning he cannot move on), But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28 :13 Whatever the consequences of this misconduct, repent sincerely (I insist on this point) and know that God does not forsake a contrite and broken heart (Psalms 51: 17). Draw lessons from this mistake and go forward in your faith, in your walk with the Lord as well as your undertakings. If your wrong choice was marriage, believe that God can glorify Himself and bring back peace and understanding back to your home. Is it a pregnancy outside marriage? Do not abort but let this child come into the world and the God of mercy will bless that child. If you made bad investments that made you lose money, be willing to undertake again, this time with divine wisdom.
Yes, Beloved, even if your mistake has had serious consequences, the God of mercy reaches out to you and says, “Stop feeling guilty. Repent, then arise and go forward!”
May God bless you Beloved
” He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy “.
” Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.(…) Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.(…) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart — These, O God, You will not despise “.
” Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus “.
” Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… “”
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