2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (KJV)
Repentance is a turning away from sin, disobedience, living in rebellion, and turning back to living by God’s standards.
T– taking a different view and trusting God for forgiveness
U– understanding that God forgives and won’t hold your past against you
R– renew your relationship with God
N– new way of thinking about sin or sinning
1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)
When someone repents, they have a change of mind in their lifestyle. Some may experience feelings of remorse or regret for their past conduct.
David recognized fully, how horrendous his sin was with Bathsheba. David blamed no one but himself, and prayed to God for divine forgiveness.
Psalm 51 was written by David after his affair with Bathsheba, and intentionally having Uriah put on the front line to be killed in battle. This Psalm has often been called a “penitential Psalm”.
In verses 1 and 2 David makes a plea for forgiveness
In verses 3 thru 6 David makes a confession
In verses 7 thru 12 David prays for moral cleanness
In verses 13 thru 17 David describes a promise of renewed service
In verses 18 and 19 David petitions for national restoration
David set a powerful example of how to be a man after God’s own heart with the writing of Psalm 51. We may not always immediately recognize the consequences of sin, but it is never too late to do a 180 degree turn away from sin. This 180 degree turn is the step needed to get back in good standing with God.
Heavenly Father, thank for your faithfulness toward forgiving our sins. Thank you also for your cleansing power that can keep your people from anything that is not pleasing in your eyesight, in Jesus name…Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev