Truth in Love: Nobody likes to be disciplined; and it is uncomfortable to be the person called to confront a friend, especially when that person is a person of power.
King David was a successful, much loved king of Israel; yet even though he was chosen and anointed by God, he wasn’t perfect. Prophet Nathan was called to chastise King David for his relationship with Bathsheba. The story reminds us of the importance of speaking the truth in love.
Chastisement is never a happy experience for the person being disciplined.
Nevertheless, chastisement or discipline is necessary when a person does wrong, a parent who loves a child will discipline the child if he plays with matches. If a parent condones the child’s behavior, indulging and giving license to the child playing with matches, the result is catastrophic.
The child soon starts a fire, perhaps endangering his or her life as well as the lives and property of the family or others.
In humility and brokenness David confessed his sin, declaring that he had sinned against the LORD Himself (2 Samuel 12:13). No attempt was made to rationalize or justify his behavior; no excuse whatsoever was given by David. In a very straightforward manner, David simply yet genuinely spoke from the depths of his heart, confessing and repenting of his sin: “I have sinned against the LORD.”
Responding in mercy, the LORD forgave David and set aside the death penalty; David would not be executed for having committed the sins of adultery and murder. Remember that the law demanded execution for both sins of adultery and murder (Genesis 9:6; Leviticus 20:10; 24:17; Number 35:31-33)
We must be willing to turn away from our sin and confess it before God. This is the clear teaching of God’s Holy Word: [truth in love]
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee” (Luke 15:18).
“Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee” (Acts 8:22).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
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“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
“Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land and from the strange wives” (Ezra 10:11).
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverb 28:13).
“Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD” (Je.3:13).
Be honest now: Do you tend to be righteous and judgmental? Confess that, and ask God to help guide your relationship with someone you have been judgmental toward. God did not reject David, or send him to eternal damnation. He loved and forgave him.
Have you ever had a friend confront you honestly about ways you may have hurt others through your words and deeds? How did that feel? Can you receive criticism with love and a repentant heart?
If there is a friend or family member that you have a strained relationship with, pray that God will restore that relationship. Forgive that person and honestly ask forgiveness for anything you may have done to hurt them. Receive any criticism that they may have with a loving heart.
Be a person who seeks to resolve conflict well. Make every effort to listen, be understanding, speak honestly, and make amends in truth in love