6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6 NKJV
David was not a perfect man, not by a long shot. He did many things that went against the law of God, yet God considered him a man after His own heart. God established the throne of David forever, yet banished the throne of his predecessor, Saul.
Why would that be?
We have all sinned in our flesh. The question is, do we listen to our conscience and do something about it?
David always turned to the Lord and repented after committing sins against Him. It was a priority to please the Lord, even those times when he failed to do so. He would listen to his conscience, turn back to God to seek forgiveness, and make amends the best he could to atone to others for his wrongdoing. He had the Spirit of God working in his imperfect life, shaping him and guiding him to become the king that God wanted him to be.
10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:10-11 NKJV
Christ would not come to earth until a thousand years after David, but the benefits of forgiveness and life that Christ’s sacrifice brings us was held on account through David’s holy tabernacle sacrifices. These were done in a manner prescribed by God to satisfy heavenly requirements until Christ Himself came.
Forgiveness does not come cheap. The forgiveness of sin only comes through the blood, as the wages of sin is death. It was only through the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can experience true healing and wholeness forever.
As the prophet Isaiah foretold about Jesus, the coming Messiah:
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6 NKJV
We come to the cross to experience complete forgiveness for all our sins and shortcomings. That is the only way we can be truly freed from our sins to live eternally with the Lord.
When our conscience calls us to respond to our bad thoughts, words or actions that we know are contrary to God’s laws, we have two options: 1) we can respond by turning back to God, seeking HIs forgiveness, turning away from our sin, and making amends to those we hurt if possible, or 2) we can ignore our conscience and keep going the same way.
The likely result of habitually choosing option 2 is a life that continues to slide down a slippery slope of poor choices. Our conscience can become seared, making it easier and easier to find ourselves on a path towards our own destruction, and even death.
So given the choice, choose life today!
Is there something in our conscience that we have been ignoring?
God, help us to listen to our conscience today and to return to walking with You along the path of life. May we be touched by Your Spirit to experience true freedom, healing and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Amen