SUMMARY: David disciplined
OVERVIEW: Nathan the prophet rebukes David for his sin. David is disciplined, but he repents and receives God’s forgiveness.
BIG IDEA: Be quick to confess your sin—don’t wait until you’re caught.
KEY VERSE: 2 Samuel 12:13 (David and Nathan speak)
Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to deal with your sin. Don’t ignore it, run from it, or hide from it. I don’t expect you to live a perfect life, but you will be held accountable for your actions. Be courageous and take the initiative to make things right with me and others. Unconfessed sin never disappears. I already know about it and, in time, others will, too. Plus, the consequences never go away. Often, they get worse. It is both healthy and wise to acknowledge you’ve made some wrong choices and get back on the path towards wholeness.
In healthy relationships, people discuss everything. And if anything is between them, they take responsibility for their actions. I want a healthy relationship with you. Confess your sin, and let’s walk together. I won’t look the other away or say, “It doesn’t matter.” But I will embrace you and carry you if needed. I will offer my love and forgiveness, and I will give you strength as you experience any consequences.
Ask God to search your heart and confess any hidden sin. Identify 2-3 friends you trust and invite them into an accountability relationship with you. Ask each other tough questions about the areas of life you are most susceptible, and pray for each other. Celebrate your group member’s successes, and hold one another accountable when you fail.