Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.” 2 Samuel 13:13-14
I’ll be honest, these kinds of passages trouble me. My first tendency is to avoid them because they don’t really fit into my idea of a compassionate and caring God. But there’s a lesson in all of this mess (and make no mistake, it is a mess) that is easy to miss.
I read this passage and continued on to the next, and as I thought about it, it all became clearer to me: sin has dire consequences. I know, it’s not exactly material that changes the world, but it is true nonetheless. I don’t think we really realize what kinds of consequences sin has on families and friends. Sometimes the effects are obvious; often they are not.
We don’t have to look far to see the devastation that sin has on families and societies: broken homes, out of control crime, sensless violence, children having children. The list could go on for pages.
And yet, there is forgiveness in Christ. That bears repeating: there is forgiveness in Christ no matter what you’ve done. Sin devastates; Christ rebuilds. Christ heals and mends the brokenness.