Reflection on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13

Then David said, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

The prophet Nathan confronts David with his sin in taking Bathsheba and having Uriah killed.

Nathan first tells a parable of a rich man who seizes the sole sheep of a poor man in order to feed a visitor. David burns with anger over this issue and then Nathan says, “You are this man.”

To his credit, David immediately recognises his sin and repents.

It is hard to be confronted about our specific sins. We like to talk about generalities rather than confronting particular actions, words or attitudes.

What is worse than this, though, is to fail to recognise when we displease the Lord and to continue to offend Him.

God promises forgiveness to those who turn from their sins. We need to recognise, admit and repent of all wrong-doing.

Lord you are gracious to forgive us. Please help me to recognise my sin and to confess it to you. Having done that, please give me the grace to turn away from my sin and in all my ways to please you. Amen.

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