We are all sinful human beings capable of unspeakable acts. We all experience times of victory and times of immaturity and foolishness. American author Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) said, “Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” Unfortunately, some people like me greatly exceed the limit. Fact is, everyone has problems, but those problems don’t give us the right to hurt others. If we do in turn hurt others, then we are OBLIGATED by God to make RECONCILIATION and RESTITUTION . We should attempt to right our wrongs if possible. In some situations it may be better to wait on God to move in the heart of both the offender an the offended. (Cool off period)
When we fall short of God’s glory it’s imperative and incumbent on us to admit, repent, trust, and reform. Do you remember the story of David and Goliath? What a great unilateral victory for David!! God used him to defeat Goliath thus establishing David’s kingdom by earning the trust
of his future subjects. Now let’s fast forward approximately 15 years. David is now faced with an extreme low. As you know, he not only committed adultery, he also committed murder. Which brings me to my point. After he was made of aware of his trespasses and unlike Saul, David manned up! Look at Psalm 51:1, For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba he said, “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.” David admitted (confessed), repented (turned away), he trusted God would forgive him, and he later reformed his lifestyle. Watch this, in v.10 David says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Despite David’s great low, in the end, David found a reason to praise God; V. 15, He says, “Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.” David in Hebrew means ‘Beloved’ and like David we are all beloved by God. So today don’t be discouraged rather be encouraged. In God’s eyes, FAILURE is never FINAL but it’s our spiritual obligation to admit when we are wrong, seek forgiveness, reformation, and transformation.