I know you regret some of the choices you’ve made in life. Haven’t we all?
We sin and are embarrassed by it. Not wanting our sin to be exposed, we try to dig a hole deep enough to hide it. Sometimes we manage to secret it away for lifetime, yet God’s Word says, “you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23b). Whether we have sinned secretly or in full view of the public eye, peace eludes us; regret happens.
Let it not be the epitaph on our graves, “She chose poorly.”
“When David was confronted with the way he handled the situation, he could no longer deny his sin. He gives us an amazing model to follow on how to handle our shortcomings, mistakes and sins.
12 Ways David demonstrates to move from regret and to making better choices.
1. He prayed. He immediately went to God to talk about what happened.
2. He asked for mercy. He threw Himself fully on the mercy of God. He called on the unfailing love and compassion of God. He reached out for those qualities in God.
3. He asked for his transgressions to be blotted out and to be washed away, cleansed. He wanted to be rid of the things in him which caused him to hurt others and himself because of his sin.
4. He took responsibility. He admitted that he sinned against God and had done evil. He grieves as he declares, “Against you alone have I sinned.” He knew He had broken God’s law of love, consideration and respect of the rights of another human being.
5. He recognized that God was right in His verdict and has the right to judge. God alone has the right to judge, not a culture, society or a belief system.
6. He acknowledged his inherent tendency to do wrong from birth, that he inherited a sin nature. This is an acknowledgement that he could not save himself and a recognition that he needed help.
7. David knew that God wanted him to know truth in his inner being and asked for God to give him wisdom in his inmost being. He knew as Proverbs says that wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men.
8. He entreated God to create in him, a pure and a clean heart. He recognized that He could not do this on his own but that God could. He recognized that God had the ability clean his heart of wrongdoing and David asked for it. He recognizes that God is the only one who can cleanse Him from his guilt of blood shed. Jesus Christ is the one who took the punishment for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross.
9. He acknowledges that he cannot make sacrifices which will make up for his sin. There is nothing he can do to perform or make up for it. David’s sacrifice is his brokenness and a contrite humble, spirit. He knows that is pleasing to God and He will not despise it. Psalm 34 says He is close to the broken hearted.
10. David asked to be restored to joy and gladness. Sin robs you of joy. David asked for the joy of his salvation to be restored and for God to give him a willing spirit. A willing spirit replaces the rebellious spirit which caused him to sin.
11. David commits to not only be cleansed himself but then to also teach other transgressors God’s ways. He recognized that his salvation, forgiveness and cleansing from God is not only for himself but so he can help others as well.
12. Then David declares he will sing of God’s righteousness and that he will praise Him.
When we follow this pattern and we move from stuck in regret to victory and a restored relationship with God . Not only that we will have the opportunity to redeem our mistakes and sins by helping others find their way.” -Sharon Rose Gibson
How will you respond to the undisclosed sin in your life? Will you regret or rejoice?
Father, teach us your ways that we may run in the path of your commands. Amen.