Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
According to the prophet Samuel, King David felt guilty after he counted the fighting men and he repented. God heard his prayer and sent the prophet Gad with a message. Gad told King David that the Lord wanted him to choose one of three consequences for his action. The options were, three years of famine in the land, three months of fleeing from his enemies while they pursue him, or three days of plague in the land? (2 Samuel 24:10-13). David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands” (2 Samuel 24:14).
Human beings are not admired for their ability to “forgive and forget.” They are more prone to vengeance and sometimes their retaliation has no boundaries. Hence, David was not willing to be at their mercy and so he chose to be at the mercy of God. The Bible says, God’s anger will not last forever and he disciplines us within measure (Psalm 103:9; Jeremiah 46:28).
Upon hearing David’s response, God decided to send three days of plague upon Israel. However, after seventy thousand people died, his heart was moved with compassion. Samuel wrote, “When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, Enough! Withdraw your hand” (2 Samuel 24:16). God’s mercies are new every morning and his love is steadfast.
We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and will sin again whether intentionally or unintentionally. Even so, we have the assurance that God’s grace and mercy are available so we can genuinely seek his forgiveness and know that we are forgiven (Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 32:5). We can live a guilt-free life knowing that our slate is wiped clean. God is righteous and holy therefore we must face the consequences of our actions but he gives us the grace to endure. If necessary, he will prematurely terminate the consequences; great is his grace and mercy.