True Repentance: The Darkness of Sin

Psalm 51:1-2 NKJV
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
Though David was a great king and a mighty warrior famously known for bringing down Goliath the Philistine giant, he is also known for his mistakes especially his sin with Bathsheba. David the great king slept with another man’s wife making her pregnant and in the quest to hide his sin, he had the woman’s husband killed. This sin brought a dark cloud over the life of David the king. In fact the child who was conceived out of this union died.
When we entangle ourselves with sin, it makes us dirty and filthy before God. Embracing sin opens the door for darkness to cover our lives. Sadly sometimes we try to cover our sins like Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness in the garden with fig leaves.
True repentance can only happen when we come face to face with the filth and darkness of the sin we have allowed to take reign in our life and how that affects our relationship with God. Just like with King David, this face to face encounter with sin and the realization of the darkness and filth it brings into our life should lead us into godly sorrow.
2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
It is this godly sorrow that leads us to repent and seek God for forgiveness. Like David we cry to the Lord to have mercy on us and to blot out our transgressions. We take responsibility of our sin admitting it and confessing it before God that we may find mercy and forgiveness.
As long as we are comfortable in our sin, as long as we make excuses for it and not see it as the darkness and filth that it is, then we will not experience true repentance.
It was only when the prodigal son came to his senses that he woke up and repented, changed his mind about his situation and recognized that he was surrounded with filth and darkness. He then makes the journey to go back home to his father to ask for forgiveness and maybe even if his father accepted him back as a servant, that would be better that living with the pigs.
But we all know that his father embraced him fully and restored him back as a son because the prodigal had repented, he had a change of heart and mind!
May we also take responsibility to acknowledge the sin in our lives that we may be cleansed and find forgiveness and healing.
Reflections.
David tried to hide his sin and ended up killing. Bathsheba’s husband Uriah and his new born son also died. Have you ever tried to hide sin and ended up making things worse for yourself and others? What happened?
What was Gods response to David when he humbled himself and cried out to God in repentance?
Do you have sin in your life that you need to confess?
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