“I have sinned against the Lord…” – 2 Samuel 12:13
Adultery. Murder. Abuse of power. Do these sound like the actions of someone who would have a special place in God’s heart?
Surprisingly, the Bible shows us that King David was a man who found special favor with God, even though he was guilty of all those things. But the Bible also shows us that David recognized his mistakes and called them what they were–sins against God. He asked God’s forgiveness and then committed himself to living God’s way.
Even though we may not have done the same things that David did, we have all sinned. God’s word says, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He died to pay the penalty for our sins and to offer us forgiveness.
When you mess up, confess your sin to God just like David did. Ask for God’s forgiveness and for strength to resist sin in the future. Anything you say won’t be a surprise to Him. He knows everything. But He is the only answer to man’s ultimate problem of sin.