2 Samuel 12:13-25
13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. 14 But you have given the enemies of the Lord great opportunity to despise and blaspheme him, so your child will die.” 15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord made Bathsheba’s baby deathly ill. 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The leaders of the nation pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. 18 Then on the seventh day the baby died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He was so broken up about the baby being sick,” they said. “What will he do to himself when we tell him the child is dead?” 19 But when David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the baby dead?” he asked.”Yes,” they replied. 20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and ate. 21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the baby was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the baby is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.” 22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that his name should be Jedidiah–beloved of the Lord–because the Lord loved him
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

David confessed and repented of his sin, but God’s judgment was that his child would die. The consequences of David’s sin were irreversible even though the sin had been forgiven. When God forgives us and restores our relationship with Him, He doesn’t eliminate all the consequences of our wrong doing. If He did, we may be tempted to say to ourselves before we enter into a sin, “If this is wrong, I can always just ask God’s forgiveness.” We must remember that by entering into sin, we may be setting into motion events with irreversible consequences. God wants our obedience because of His love for us not because we will be punished if we sin. That small voice inside of you is God directing you out of a sin situation. Do not ignore Him, He is trying to keep you safe. It is better to live a life without regrets, than to live a life saying, “if only I hadn’t ____.” We can all fill in the blank, but the key is learning from our mistakes and learning from the mistakes of others. David repented from his sin, examine your own heart and let God reveal to you areas of your life that need to changed.

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