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The Second Law

"Against you, and you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge" (Psa.51:4)

King David wrote the words of today's verse. The whole psalm is a plea on David's part because of the sin he had committed with Bathsheba. It is a good psalm to read to get a real perspective about sin and what to do about it... I find it interesting that the apostle Paul writes about the replacement of King Saul in the Old Testament with David. He says this: "After removing Saul, He made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do'" (Acts 13:22). Do you find this to be a conundrum? David, a man after God's own heart, has committed adultery and compounded it with deceit... Where does the "man after my own heart" fit in? This is it! David knows he has sinned, and even though he is powerful enough as king to literally do what he pleases, he knows that he has disappointed God with his sin. He wants to be forgiven, and get back to his Lord. The first part of God's second law of pardon consists of repentance... When we have sinned, we must have a total change of mind and heart. What this involves is both a turning from the sin, and turning to God... Just as the alien sinner is called to do so in order to become a child of God, the erring Christian must repent to return to the Lord. Paul wrote that "godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation..." (2 Cor.7:10). Godly sorrow for sin as opposed to worldly sorrow that is prompted by getting caught or exposed. Repentance is also brought on by God's goodness, and our awareness of His grace and kindness. This godly sorrow can make remarkable changes in our lives... "See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done" (2 Cor.7:11). The first step in the second law of pardon is repentance... More tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day... Do good.... Give God the Credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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