Love After Sin

2 Samuel 12:24

Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him.

Sometimes after sin it becomes easy to wonder if God really has forgiven a person or if He really still loves them.  There are many consequences of sin, some are earthly repercussions like guilt, being arrested, or the damage sin can cause in a relationship.

The greatest consequence of sin though is also the most easily remedied however.  Our sin hurts our relationship with God.  When God forgives us there are no lingering side effects.  There are no feelings of mistrust or anything else like we experience with a damaged human relationship.

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, the result of the sin was that the baby died.  David understandably grieved but he also repented of the sin that he had committed.  And that was the end of the story in God’s book.

After his repentance David was blessed by God once again.  He and Bathsheba went on to have another child who went on to become king of Israel.

People who wonder if God still loves them after committing a great sin should look to David as an example.  Because he repented God continued to love and bless him just as He will for anyone else.  God never held David’s sins against him once they were forgiven and He does the same for us when we seek forgiveness.

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