Don’t keep looking at my sins, remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit in me. Don’t banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit away from me. Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
For some of us, the most courageous act that we could hope to achieve is to overcome our pasts. Take Bathsheba for instance: throughout history her reputation has been embroiled in controversy. She has been thought to be either a cunning seductress or the victim of rape. So who was the real Bathsheba? One thing’s for sure, God did not require her to repent for the act of adultery-only David.
Even after their marriage, and the birth of their second son Solomon, God continued to bless her and chose them to be a part of Jesus’ family tree. Many women would’ve been content just to fade into the background. Not Bathsheba, she had to take assertive steps when one of David’s other sons, Adonijah, attempted to form a coup and become King even though both Yahweh and King David had already given the throne to Solomon.
We all have pasts. Whether you have faithfully served the Lord all of your life, or have made decisions that are still affecting you today, you can be forgiven and restored. If you’ve always walked with God, pray, and take heed that you do not fall into temptation. Ask God to send someone who needs help getting out of the ditch. If you find yourself needing help, ask God to send someone to help bear your burdens.
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights starting tonight from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
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