Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keep Short Accounts of Sin

In 2 Samuel 12 we see the grace of God in the life of David.  David has spiraled down into depths of sin he probably never imagined could take place in his life.  David had let his guard down in small ways which lead to great sins in his life.  But God showed him grace by sending the prophet Nathan to rebuke him in his sin.  Nathan tells the parable of a rich man, who had herds and flocks of sheep, and a poor man, who had one little ewe lamb.  The rich man had a guest coming into town but did not want to kill one of his own lambs so he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest.  David is enraged and rightfully so, but little does he know the parable is about him.  Nathan clues him in when he says, "You are the man!"  Ouch!
 As I looked at this passage I thought about the way God works in our lives.  He wants us, as his children, to keep short accounts of our sin so that we do not plummet down into our spiritual grave.  Here are three ways in which we can keep short accounts of sin:

1. Know the Bible

In order to know God, what he loves and hates, we must know his Word.  We must let him speak for himself.  Speculation about God will disappear as we get to know him through his Word.  Read Psalm 119.

2. Hear the Bible taught

Be involved with a church that not only teaches the Bible but lives out what its been taught.  We need pastor and people to hold us accountable.  We need pastors who won't tickles our ears but rather confront us with God's truth.  We also need faithful brothers and sisters who will hold us accountable.  

3. Have friends like Nathan

We want to have friends who will help us see our sin.  We want them because we are so often blinded by sin. True friends will tell us the hard things because they know it is best.  They truly love us.  "Faithful are the wounds of a friend" (Prov. 27:6).  It is never easy to be one of these friends because most of us hate being rebuked.  Rebuke crushes our pride.  But these friends won't stop at telling us about our sin but they will continue on to remind us of the grace of Jesus Christ found at the cross.  They will take us to the gospel and give us the joy of being forgiven sinners.  Nathan did this very thing with David when he said, "The LORD also has put away your sin."  Good friends will tell us bad news but will continue on with the Good News.

Three ways to keep short accounts with sin.  How are you doing in this area?

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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