From Genesis to Revelation, sin* is a constant theme. All throughout, not only do notable Biblical characters find themselves in sticky sinful situations, but they also teach us valuable lessons on the importance of repentance.* Daily, we all will be faced with the evil of sin, but it’s how we respond to this sin that matters.
Let’s take, for example, David’s widely known sin (2 Samuel 11-12). Long story short, David took Bathsheba (an already married woman) for himself and then had her husband killed to cover up his guilt. This sin, although shocking, didn’t cast him away from God. Instead, God opened his eyes to these wrongdoings, and he repented. God forgave David (2 Samuel 12:13).
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9 NIV)
God will do the same for us. He will open our eyes to our disobedience, and if we repent sincerely, He will forgive us. Even the sins we deem dirty, evil, shocking and just downright wrong, God will forgive. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice when he died on the cross. Now, we are victorious over sin – we are free from the grip it has on us.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
*Sin – Disobedience to what God has commanded
*Repentance – Calling out the sins you’ve committed and giving God a sincere apology